On Sunday September 22nd the River Raisin National Battlefield Park hosted a free kayak experience for the community. This event was held at Hellenberg Park, and there were two sessions. Members of the community simply signed up for a time slot and The Park supplied the instruction, kayaks, paddles, and guides.
Ranger Kat told a fascinating story about the battlefield and the history of the area. We went at the 1pm session, when the sun was at its peak. Kat instructed everyone to wear sunscreen because the water intensified the ultraviolet rays which cause skin damage. Such a beautiful young girl, she also made a special effort to help people with disabilities enjoy the experience. Volunteers helped guide the visitors and encouraging them to see a different view of this historic waterway.
Each participant was invited to choose his own kayak, then enjoy a three mile tour around an island and up to a dam, while the interpreters pointed out highlights of natural and cultural importance. The field guides provided excellent demonstrations and carefully checked each participant for safety. Although the event was advertised as rain or shine, the weather was picture perfect – we couldn’t ask for a more beautiful day.
The kayak experience was a glorious event as all bade farewell to summer and welcomed autumn out on the beautiful River Raisin.
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