I have a curious relationship with boats. Whenever I see open water I am filled with a desire to strip and dive in. Fortunately self awareness of my chest size prevents my urges from becoming reality.
So the next best thing to full nudity in the waves, is cruising on a boat on the open water.
But I get sea sick – seriously sea sick.
Sea sick and boats tend to be a messy combination. Because he who helped create them is fully aware of my tendency to hurl overboard, he has banned boating on holidays. The best I can hope for when vacationing with my other half is a pedalo on a smooth lake (and sometimes that jolts the tummy muscles).
But he who helped create them wasn’t on our recent trip to Shorefield’s Oakdene park….
So we hit the water.
In a canoe.
And I didn’t feel sick once – perhaps I am cured.
Huge thanks to the team at the New Forest. Our instructor Jake was incredible, really down to earth, great with kids and made the whole experience fabulous. I cannot recommend them enough. The kids loved being on the river, my mum loved having a look at the multi-million pound houses on the waterside. And I loved doing something really different with my family.
A day to remember.
If you are in the New Forest, have a look at Go Active. They offer Archery, Kayaking, Raftbuilding, Battlefield and lots more.
We were given the opportunity to go canoeing as part of our review trip to Oakdene Park. All opinions are my own.