I jokingly imagined myself as an explorer on an expedition like David Thompson, a fur trader and a map surveyor in the interior of Canada, or Lewis and Clark, the first explorers to cross the North American continent, who used canoes extensively. Then I came to my senses, correcting the strokes of my wife, which she returned with an eye-rolling look.
During calm quiet moments, I imagined how the Maori, indigenous Polynesian people arrived in New Zealand in several waves of a canoe voyage, and how the dug-out canoe traditions are important to the identity of Maori, where they spent an insane amount of time and effort to shape the hull using fire and hand adzes.
After 3 days, we arrived at the take out, I couldn't wait to start my new project.
A good video to watch to get an idea of the Whanganui River: