The Worst Ride at Disneyland: What Canoeing Taught Me About Coaching

camping coaching Apr 21, 2021
Do you know what the worst ride is at Disneyland? Nope, you're wrong. The worst ride at Disneyland is the Davy Crockett's Explorer Canoes.  
 
Who thought this was a good idea? The park welcomes you to the Happiest Place on Earth, to sit back, relax and be entertained. Then, in a turn of events, demands hard labour to circumnavigate the Rivers of America.  
 
I can't believe I got Keri to do it with me. And I am also grateful she hasn't held the experience over my head. "Well, at least my idea isn't as bad as the Davy Crockett Canoe ride!" I wouldn't blame her if she did. It was terrible.  
 
If you have never seen the ride, here is the premise: Paddle down the Rivers of America on a grand oar-venture all the way around Pirate’s Lair on Tom Sawyer Island. https://disneyland.disney.go.com/en-ca/attractions/disneyland/davy-crocketts-explorer-canoes/  
 
It goes on to say the guides are very capable of doing all the paddling.  
 
Our guides were quick to inform us, "If you don't row, we don't go." On our 12 man canoe, three of us were participating. The rest either had their paddles up or let them drag in the water, slowing us down.  
 
This experience sent the message to those unfamiliar with nature and the joys of canoeing to never try it in real life.  
 
I love the outdoors, camping, hiking, swimming, canoeing - all of it.  
 
Last summer, while Keri was stuck in a class for her master's of counselling, I took the kids camping for a couple of days. Keri came up later in the week.

At first, I was nervous about having all the kids. Surprisingly to me (and the kids), we had a lot of fun together. The kids even convinced me to take them canoeing.  
 
 

All was fine until we hit the far end of the lake. The same children that begged to have this adventure were now tired and unmotivated. So it was left to me to row us back to the dock.  
I tried the inspired chant of the river guide, "If you don't row, we don't go," and although the children understood the concept, they preferred to go slow.  
 
Instead of being frustrated, I chose to enjoy the tranquil surroundings and start the paddle home.  
 
As I look at the last year and all the ups and downs, I often think, who is paddling this canoe?  
 
Am I taking responsibility for the life around me, or am I sitting with my paddles up, waiting for someone else to set the direction? Or, on those very dark days, am I dragging my oar in the water, slowing it down and changing direction?  
 
"If you don't row, we don't go." When the motivation drops and the direction lost, a coach is there to help you get back on your way. It is like adding a paddler to the front of the canoe. There to help add impetus but keeping you in the steering seat to pick the direction to go.  
 
If you feel stuck, directionless, lacking motivation, book a 30-minute call by clicking here or emailing me. I believe with coaching you can be unstuck, have hope and be moving with purpose.  
 
If you disagree with my worst ride at Disneyland or have your own canoeing experience, email me. I would love to hear your story.  
 
PS. I would have included a picture of the canoeing adventure but I couldn't find one, we didn't want to save any record of that awful experience.
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