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Going down the Umia river by kayak

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Since I had my first rafting experience on the Noguera Pallaresa River (Pyrenees), at age 20, I have always liked to descend whitewater rivers. Also, just as I lack any kind of skill when you give me a wheeled vehicle, I have a special ability for sports that involve boats and paddles. Or at least I'm not so palurdo.

Knowing that morning we would descend the Umia river by kayak, I woke up and jumped out of bed. When I uncovered the curtains I saw that the sun looked high again in the Galician sky. We were going to have another hot day. Honestly, meigas don't know if they will exist or not, but what in Galicia the weather is unstable and rainy I only believe because I see the incredible green mantle that covers everything. However, if it were my experience, I would only wear short-sleeved shirts and swimsuit every time I went to Galicia.

After breakfast, we leave with the van to the facilities of the Y Muiño Yacht Club. This club, located in Ribadumia, has 21 years of history and proposes activities suitable for the whole family on the Umia river. Although they give courses and their partners train and participate in different tests in Galicia, Spain and Europe, their goal is that the kids, and people in general, enjoy rowing sports in the river. And that was what we had come to. To enjoy.

He Umia river born in the parish of Aciveiro, municipality of Forcarey, and runs through the municipalities of La Estrada, Cuntis, Moraña, Caldas de Reyes, Portas, Meis, Ribadumia and Cambados, creating a basin of just over 400 km². Its waters finish its journey in the Ría de Arosa. The section, about 8 km long, which we would travel, was very close to the mouth.

After putting on the swimsuits, we loaded kayaks and paddles in the van and moved to the departure point.

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