By Courtney Babcock
Every August my parents watch my 11 year old nephew Eamon for a week and every year my mom says she needs ideas to keep him entertained. As Eamon’s favorite Aunt (okay his only Aunt) and to help my parents out I decided I would take him canoeing one afternoon on the Brandywine Creek (also known as the Brandywine River).
We chose what I think was the most beautiful day of the summer, no humidity and low 80’s.
When we arrived at Northbrook Canoe we put on our masks; they were clear about safety measures both on-line and with signage on the property.
The staff was extremely helpful with explaining the logistics of the day. There are 3 trips to choose from varying in length. We choose the 1.5-hour trip from Corcoran’s Bridge to Northbrook and were directed to our transportation.
It was a busy afternoon with all ages, families and couples getting ready to load school buses. The ride to Corcoran’s Bridge was beautiful. Even though I grew up in Kennett Square and now work in the area I am still amazed at how picturesque Chester County is as you drive the small, winding roads.
This was Eamon’s first time canoeing and I have not been canoeing since I was probably about his age. As a very smart and inquisitive kid, he had lots of questions. We both watched YouTube videos on proper ways to row. When we arrived at Corcoran’s bridge the staff gave safety instructions and a quick rundown on rowing since we were both newbies. Eamon took the bow as the navigator and I took the stern to steer.
The water was crystal clear and a nice level for canoeing plus the scenery was beautiful. We spotted a Heron, a very well fed Red-tail Hawk, a muskrat, and a few small fish.
As we headed downstream, we had to maneuver through all the tubers. Eamon said it was like a game of Frogger trying not to be hit by or run into a tuber. Luckily the current was pretty slow, so we just glided through the obstacles with no collisions. Our trip took just over 1 ½ hours back to Northbrook. Eamon and I both agreed canoeing is the best way to enjoy the river. Overall it was a great outing with my nephew and we already have plans to return again next year. He promises to take the stern and show me how it’s done.
* Read more about Northbrook Canoe company and how they have been able to keep up a successful business during the pandemic with this article by The Daily Local – CLICK HERE