When I was 8 years old I competed at Payette River Games in Cascade, ID. It was my first competition and I got 7th place. But the best part was I got a combat roll!! I was very excited.
After competing, my dad, my mom and Kerry, Grady, Kady, Kenny, Dally, Cardy and I ran the Main, a really fun section of the Payette River. There were big waves and bumps all over in the river. On one of the holes in the river, I hit it straight and flipped over, I tried a roll, but missed and then I bailed. I actually did a bunch of tricks in the hole, but the tricks were on accident, I did not know I would do the tricks, but I did.
And then a hole came up that I’ll never forget. My dad went to the left of it, and I tried going to the left and following him but I went down the hole and I flipped over and I hit my eye on a rock and bailed fast! I was crying, but just a little bit. My boat was kinda stuck in the hole and my mom hit my boat to knock it out.
My sister Kady, came over so fast and I grabbed the back of her boat and she took me to the side. My dad and Grady got my boat and paddle. Right above my eye I was bleeding. I told Grady to take a picture with his GoPro. Luckily, my dad had a First Aid Kit and he butterfly bandaged my cut and covered it with an extra fleece top.
Then my dad put me inside his kayak, the Jackson SuperHero, and took me down the rest of the river. It was fun. He told me to lean forward everytime a wave came. When we got to the RV I ran and showed Brody and Rowdy, Emmy & Elly. Then everyone made me Hot Chocolate. Then my mom and dad said we were going to the hospital so I could get stitches. We were in the hospital for so long I fell asleep while the doctor was doing my stitches.
When we left I got to sleep in the back of the RV with my mom and dad. In the morning we went to IHOP for breakfast. Everyone asked what happened to my eye because it was really black. When I told them they all said, “Oh wow, you are so brave.”
The bad part was I couldn’t swim or kayak for 5 days. My mom let me get in the pool and the river, but I couldn’t go under water. This was so hard. But 5 days went fast and soon my dad took out my stitches, which didn’t hurt at all, and we went straight to the Hot Springs Pool and I jumped in and went under water.
I still love kayaking. It’s scary, but everyone is scared at the beginning. And just because you are scared doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do something.
Maddy Kellogg lived happily ever after.
By – Maddy Kellogg