September 24, 2017

Gorges du Verdon

I had long been fascinated by the water of the Gorges du Verdon, which is a series of deep river canyons here in Provence. The gorges are on the border of two departments within the Provence-Alpes-Côtes d'Azur region (the Var and the Alpes-de-Hautes-Provence departments). Despite being far from the Côte d'Azur the waters are as spectacular as the famous Mediterranean coast, green-blue from glacial sources and the minerals suspended in the water. We headed to kayak a portion of the Gorges (from Montpezat to the dam entry of the Lac de Saint Croix) in August. I was obsessed with getting in the water, but most surprising was the water temperature. At its coldest point on our kayak trip, the water was 4 degrees celsius. Water that cold is really dangerous and the kayak rental folks actually prohibit their clients from getting in. It felt knife-like when I dipped my legs in for just a flash. Unreal turquoise water up against limestone walls, plants dripping from them in jungle-fashion. I want to go back to kayak the rest.

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