I don't know if any of you have been "forced" to do an outdoor activity, but here is a place to post your story! I feel like I have been beaten up by the oars of the canoe! Yesterday my whole office went out to the Brandywine River or Creek, I don't know, but it was horrible. I work with three hand surgeons and the head of the practice decided this mandatory canoe trip would be a great teamwork/bonding experience. It was ridiculous. First of all, my idea of athletics outside of watching it on TV is a gym workout. We weren't allowed to bring spouses so there was no help there. TWO MILES OF ROWING BACKWARDS, SIDEWAYS AND IN CIRCLES: We all got these canoes and the entire trip turned out to be a little over two miles. Myself and one of the other hand therapists decide to get in one canoe and neither one of us could steer well so we ended up going backwards at times. GETTING STUCK AND TRYING TO PREVENT DECAPITATION: The water was very shallow (like at times a 4 inches deep) and there were a lot of downed trees due to recent storms so half the time we would get stuck on the bottom of the river and had to push off with the oars. Neither one of us had a lot of strength so this was difficult. The other half of the time we were ducking under or doing the limbo to prevent being hit in the head with a log or a tree branch. THE WATERFALL: Then to top it all off there turns out to be a dam/small water fall that the canoe can't make it over. So my boss tells me to take off my shoes get out of the canoe and step down the stones of the dam then pull the canoe down while the other girl holds the other end of the canoe. I ended up standing in water with my jeans soaked up to my butt. LOST ON THE WAY HOME: Then coming home there was a car acccident and the police had the road blocked off so I had to take a one lane road, including a single lane bridge and was basically lost in the back woods of Pennsylvania. I finally found my home town after about 30 minutes of driving around farmland. I AM STILL COLD AND SORE: By the time I got home I was absolutely freezing, wet with river water that is probably polluted, and my muscles were already sore. I took a shower and a bunch of naprosyn and went to bed for like 12 hours. My DH brought me some food, I was too tired to fix anything. I am still cold and sore, so I am laying on the heating pad at this moment. This is now on my list of things I will never do again!! Ever!