Rappahannock River Paddle Boarding Trip

Rappahannock River Paddle Boarding

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Paddle boarding is a great way to get out onto the water and really enjoy your day.  Paddle boarding gives you a new experience when going out onto a river, lake, or oceanfront.  It lets you have more freedom than a canoe or kayak, with the ability to just lie down and drifting among the currents is a one of a kind type of feeling, or jump off it without having to worry about flipping the boat or having trouble getting back into it.  Aside from their ability to just drift around, they’re great to take trips down the river, in my case the Rappahannock River.  The Rappahannock River, near Fredericksburg, Virginia is a great place to get out on your board.  The water is clear and always refreshing here during the summer.  

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A group of three friends and myself took a trip out onto the Rappahannock River, we rented the boards from a local renting place.  We picked up our boards and followed our guide down to the docks.  Immediately after getting onto the water I could just feel the excitement of adventure starting to intensify. Our journey started with us paddling around, jumping in, and just goofing around, just getting use to using the boards. After a little while I remembered that there’s an old abandoned power plant just about a mile up river, which is perfect to go to as a day trip.  Luckily, where we were on the river was very flat, so we had no problems traveling up the river.  

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After starting our journey upstream, we’re back to goofing off and having fun. We started to see the power plant just around the bend in front of us, and I’m ready to go in and start exploring and taking pictures. Unfortunately as we’re approaching the plant a friend of mine remembers that we need to have the boards back in 20 minutes, which was a huge bummer to me because i was ready to go exploring all throughout the old plant.  Instead we took some pictures out in front of the plant on the river, and called it a day.  

Rappahannock River Paddle Boarding
The Abandoned Power Plant
Fredericksburg Powerplant on the Rappahannock
I fell into some of the stinkiest mud ever right here

By the time we ended up leaving we only had 15 mins to get the boards back to the dock. We all just to kick it into overdrive and race down the river.  With the wind to our backs we’re flying down the river, with no intention to stop and goof around. As we could see the dock approaching, we could also see one of the employees walking down the river to the dock to meet us.  We’re racing down the river to beat her so we aren’t charged with another hour of renting the boards.  Unfortunately she beat us to the dock but only by a minute but we weren’t charged with any extra time when using the boards.

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