Timing is everything. We had just returned home from a trip to the Cities, and before we even finished unpacking we decided to go over to The Deeps on Amity Creek. We could hear the roar of the water rushing over the falls and rapids due to the spring run-off, and wanted to see it for ourselves. So we grabbed our cameras and headed over to the creek.
As we got to the end of our driveway, several vehicles passed us carrying multiple kayaks each. Since the road is closed just above the first bridge of Seven Bridges Road, it could only mean one thing – they were going to kayak on the creek at The Deeps. Really? Are they actually planning to go over the falls? Amazing! Our pace quickened and we hastened over to the falls. We passed a number of kayakers walking down from the parking lot. They were checking out the lay of the creek and the volume of the water before committing to kayaking on it. But in short order, they’d made their decision and were unpacking their gear. Wow – we couldn’t wait to witness this spectacle!
Sure enough, one at a time they put in just above the footbridge by The Deeps. They knew what they were doing, sporting helmets and other protective gear, and there were spotters positioned all along the route for safety purposes. Still, you could never have talked us into doing it! Shortly after scooting the kayak into the water, they were paddling through the rushing water and heading for the bridge. They expertly navigated through the boulder-strewn waters and then whoosh! Over the falls they went!
We each positioned ourselves at spots across from the falls where we tried taking pictures – a tricky proposition in itself. (Yet nothing in comparison to what those kayakers were doing!) But eventually the desire to see the action up close drew both Rich and me back to the bridge where we could see it all take place from beginning to heart-stopping end.
After a number of guys had gone down, one of the women worked up her courage and followed suit. She’s the one in the blue kayak with an orange jacket. After successfully making it to the bottom, her kayak flipped, and it took several tries to right it. I just couldn’t imagine being submerged in those icy waters. Her finish drew cheers from all her comrades, particularly the other women.
Rich took videos of the action. Here is the best one: Kayaking Video
What a thrill to watch! It was such a surprise adventure. We had no idea when we set out to shoot pictures of the falls that it was kayakers who would be doing the shooting at The Deeps.