Yesterday I went a ways down the Yarra River with Wanda and some of her friends. It's a beautiful stretch with trees lining the banks and lots of pretty birds. The water is a bit brown from the gum trees on the shores.
I learned a lot about canoes on the trip. I was in a C-2 (canoe, two-person). It was made of fibreglass and wood. Another guy in our group, who you can barely see in this photo, was in a C-1 kneeler. You paddle the boat in a kneeling position, and it requires excellent balance.
The water was calm and cool, and the weather was perfect.
One stretch along the river is home to about 70,000 fruit bats. They just hang around in the trees all day. When night time comes, they all leave the river and fly into the city together to look for food. It's really amazing to see thousands of bats silently flying through the dusk skies.
The bats are pretty cool. I like them better than birds. I have only seen about ten or fifteen bats in my life, and in an instant I saw thousands and thousands.