When I was around 15, I decided to go on a youth group trip. I’d been with them before and had a fun time, but this was the first time I would go to Fall Creek Falls, a beautiful state park in east Tennessee. They had planned a day when we would kayak down the Hiwassee river, which sounded like a blast to me because I’ve always loved all things water and swimming. The Hiwassee is known to be slow-paced and easy for beginners, but our youth group leaders recommended not getting in the water as the river was shallow and had sharp rocks at the bottom. Looking back, I think they just told us this so we wouldn’t get out of the boats, but we believed them nonetheless.

the Hiwassee River and its menacing sharp rocks

the Hiwassee River and its menacing sharp rocks

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