A Chilling Encounter Kayking the Sabine

Camping on a Sandbar
Sabine River

Continued from “A Mad River Adventure”

Breath Taking!

Kayaking down the Sabine River was absolutely breathtaking, in more ways than one…  The scenery was awesome – breath taking- and there were definitely times during the day that paddling was breathtaking too. :)

We explored every nook and cranny of the river as we paddled our kayaks downstream. I loved the exploration and adventure! However, my arms were aching from the unusual exercise of paddling a kayak heavily loaded with camping gear. I was definitely ready to set up camp. Due to the flooded condition of the river, we paddled much further than we planned. (First day about 17 miles.) We scouted several locations, but could not find a good camping site.  For a while it looked like we would have to camp in our kayaks.

The Perfect Camp Site!

Finally, we found a small sandbar that was perfect for camping! It was not a large area but it would do – and I was glad to see it.   We camped pretty close to each other. There were about twenty people in our group. After setting up our tent, it was time to make dinner. I discovered that it’s a great thing to have a table to cook on, especially if you are cooking on a sandy area. Lesson learned.  Later in the evening we gathered around a large campfire, sharing and listening to wild and crazy kayaking stories.

I was NOT afraid… until…

Even though we were in the middle of a wilderness area I was not one bit nervous about camping on the sandbar. We were all camped close together, and were located high enough above the waterline so that we had no worries about being washed away should the river rise overnight.

However, during the night we encountered something that still sends chills along my spine…

To be continued…

Read the next post to discover the danger we encountered on our trip…

About Kimberly Guthrie

Kimberly Guthrie loves adventures in the outdoors. National Park Ranger, Outdoor instructor, curriculum writer, teacher and guide at Mount St. Helens’ Seven Wonders Museum are some of her life adventures. Kim continues to write and teach about the outdoors. Currently, she serves as outdoor education consultant for Allaso Ranch near Hawkins, Texas. Kim holds a bachelor of science degree in elementary education from University of Central Arkansas and a masters degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Northern Illinois University.
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