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Saturday, August 5, 2017

Red River - Tubes Everywhere

Red River                                                       11.6 miles
Me, Beatrix, Kevin
Water level - 4.6, Temperature in 80s, Little Humidity, 10:35-2:30

I convinced Beatrix that 4.6 would be good enough to paddle.  It was low in some places and we had to scoot across a few rocky bottoms, but never had to get out and pull our kayaks.  The water had a slow flow.  But, that was all made up by the beautiful weather and again, good conversation.  We were also able to park one truck at the new TWRA parking lot at Porter's Chapel.  It's a large lot and there's a large paved road down into the river.  Great - Clarksville needs more good put-ins!  The thing that made today stand out was the amazing number of tubes on the river today.  With the slow flow today, we figured that many of these paddlers would be on the river for a LONG time.  But, we all had the same idea - enjoy a perfect day!

Dyer's Creek - Freedom!

Dyer's Creek

I have the best husband ever.  I had my knee surgery on May 30 and the recovery can be very discouraging and I think I was slipping into depression.  It hasn't been fun spending my summer doing PT when I'm usually gardening, traveling or kayaking!  So Scotty said, "Let's go to Dyer's Creek!"  And I jumped up.  Well, I really held onto the armrest, pulled myself out of the chair mostly with my good leg and hobbled to the door.  Imagine, calling an old dog to go for a walk.....  Dyer's Creek is an inlet off of the Cumberland River and very calm with minimal current.  It was splendid!  I was able to sit with my left leg stretched out, propped up by my right leg.  It was only an hour and a half, but it was probably the best hour and a half since May 30!  Kayaking is truly medicine for the soul!  :)

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Red River - A Perfect Day

Red River                                                           11.6 miles
River at 5 ft level, Temperature in the 80's and no humidity, perfectly blue skies
Me, Scotty, Patsy, Jerry

Gentle Flow
Good Friends
Beautiful Blue Sky
Nice Temperature
Good Conversation
Peanut Butter Sandwich

Enough Said!

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Yellow Creek - Bald Eagle

Yellow Creek - Bald Eagles
Ethan, Scotty and me

My last weekend - Yikes!  We look at the weather and the rain is supposed to be coming down around 3:00.  So at 11:30 we quickly load up the kayaks and head to Yellow Creek.  The river is not as raging as last weekend and we cross the Cumberland quickly.  But, Yellow Creek appears to have a much faster flow.  We paddle up almost to the fallen tree, but we notice that the current is really strong just before the bend in the creek.  Knowing that rain may be coming down soon because we see many ominous clouds above us, we turn around.  The final lap up the creek took us 30 minutes.  When we turned around to go downstream, this same lap took 20 minutes.  So yes, the creek is flowing faster today!  It was an uneventful trip until we got close to the Cumberland River and we saw a bald eagle flying above us.  It soared and showed off for us for several minutes.  Sometimes I just love our kayaking trips!

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Yellow Creek

Yellow Creek                                                                          7.6 miles          1094.6 miles total
75-82degrees, blue skies

Time is running short before my knee surgery so Scotty is indulging me by kayaking with me whenever possible.  Yellow Creek is nearby and our go-to paddle.  Today was windy so crossing the Cumberland was especially fun.  It felt like riding the waves on many of the waves.  We passed only a few people on Yellow Creek today.  It's still especially high, the beaver dam is still gone and there's a boat dock that we pass that's still under water.  Once again we were able to paddle over the huge tree that fell down across the creek.  Today we paddled as far as we could and got to the 'end'.  What?!  That's never happened.  We got to a place where many trees were down and we just couldn't see the creek going any further.  With the wind and the extremely still water, it seemed like a long paddle back across to the Cumberland River to our starting point.

The end.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Red River - Anne and I

Red River                                                            11.6 miles                               1087 miles total
Avg Speed 3.0,  3:48 paddling time

It's a Thursday, a beautiful day - so Anne and I decide to paddle the Red River.  There was a great flow to the river and we finished paddling in great time.  We did see a few gravel bars, but we kept paddling and ate as we floated.  We really should have paddled 18 miles today.