On a cool Sunday afternoon 3 of us loaded up the BOTE Boards and headed for the Rocky Creek via the Rocky Bayou in Niceville, FL. The temperature was about 50 degrees but the sun was shinning and the wind was calm. The water at the mouth of the creek was very low, about 4 inches high. We stood on the noses of the boards to paddle through the inlet. We paddled up stream against a lazy flow.
Creek paddling is one of the most enjoyable outdoor experiences. Of course, the two most obvious experiences were the ones we were aiming for in the first place: adventure and exercise. Adventures, virtually by definition, take place outdoors, and the unpredictable sensation of the elements creates a sense of risk, even when it’s relatively small. That sensation might very well include the late-winter sun warming your skin through the cool mist of the river. Adventures don’t always have to be epics. Unless of course, you should take a tumble into the drink. Then the epic paddle/sprint to the vehicles would ensue. To our delight no one fell!