My favorite summer activity in England (well Oxford, or any other town that is located along a river) is punting. When most people think of punting they think of Venice, not Oxford, which is actually on a gondola. To move the boat you must stand at the back with a long pole and push off of the bottom of the river, then you use the pole like a rudder.
Now this might sound easy but there are often things that can go wrong… like a tree hanging over the water, a bridge to go under, another boat coming from the opposite direction, or the pole getting stuck in the mud, which either pulls you off the boat or you just let go and lose your pole. (Click here to see a video of me punting for the first time. Please beware that there may be some adult language.) Usually there is a reward at the end of your journey, picnic lunch, beer, pub, or Pimm’s and Lemonade. So keep up the good work!
My grandparents-in-law were here visiting us so we decided to go punting and stop for a pub lunch. This being my fourth time, I didn’t run into trees or lose the pole. It was a great activity.
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