The Adrenaline Rush
Perhaps you don’t always get an adrenaline rush; you have to choose your water, but if you’re looking for thrills then taking a canoe through some white-water rapids will give you all the adrenaline rush you need. It may even give you white knuckles.
Whatever your standard you can always find a stretch of water that is just a touch beyond your safe zone and one that gets the hairs on the back of your neck rising.
The great thing is that as you get older the slightest riffle can give you this thrill and what’s more if you’re canoeing with a child, or a novice, on board you can enjoy the thrill they get vicariously on their behalf.
Another great thing is that normally a rapid can be the exception on a stretch of river. You can prepare for it, and even climb out of the boat to have a look at it first. Afterwards you can relax and calm yourself or simply sigh with relief. On some occasions you can haul your boat back up and try it again and if you do happen to go for a swim then you will just have to get back on your horse.