Canoeing down the Murray River
A SNOW white blur circles overhead, accompanied by the loudest screeching you have ever heard.
The corellas circle once more and then swoop in to land on a towering River Red Gum, a flurry of snowflakes.
My attention is drawn back to the deep green water that our ‘legendary’ canoe is gliding over; the small wakes of the other canoes the only thing that stirs the still water.
Suddenly, growing in front of us is a huge eight pillared rusty red bridge that arcs over the ancient Murray River.
“Aim straight through the middle,” I yell back to Grace.
Technically this is not my role, as the person at the back of the boat issues the directions, but my bossy instincts cannot be controlled.
Grace dips her paddle in the water and effortlessly steers us between the giant pillars of the leaning bridge.
“Is that satisfactory?” Grace smirks back.
Turning I smile sheepishly, but unexpectedly the canoe rocks violently, so I spin back quickly to face the front and we both grab the edge of the canoe.
The boat steadies and I again turn my head, this time carefully and grin back at Grace.
We both burst out laughing and almost tip the boat again.
weeks and our competitors are hoping to win some great prizes, including a six week exchange in France for year 8 and 9 students. WINNERS: Steiner students have been chosen to compete in the Berthe Mouchette. Pictured are (front, from left) Aislinn...
WATER: Charli Cooper and Holly Sanders enjoying a paddle on the river.