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Friday, December 26, 2014

Red River - Holiday Cruise - December 26, 2014

Red River, December 26, 2014                               11 miles           405 miles total
Porters Chapel to Adams, TN w/ Paddle Adventures Unlimited
me, Scotty, Rachel, Ethan, Deb, Rich, Maria & Jason Stewart, Clyde, John, Boy Scout
37 degrees up to 54 degrees by end of day
10:15 -2:35

It was cold out, but we had layers and the 4 of us stayed warm.  To make it a holiday cruise, we wore our Santa hats.  Rich and John wanted to see caves along the way.  The first cave we came across, Rich, John and Ethan climbed up to see.  They said it went way back in.  They were in the cave for quite awhile.  We stopped about 11:15 and had lunch on an island in the middle of the river.  On this trip, we saw a dead raccoon in the water and a dead deer with the antlers sticking high up out of the water.  We also saw a fox running along the bank for quite awhile before we pulled over for lunch.  We saw LOTS of turkeys back in the woods.  There must have been at least 50.  It was a great trip and we were glad to get out of the house!

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Barren River - Well Deserved Pizza!! - November 8, 2014

Barren River, November 8, 2014                               24 miles                394 total
with Bowling Green MeetUp
me, Scotty, Dick, Howard, Powell,

It was a cold day - 59 degrees.  The water had just been released from the dam and we felt like we were flying down the river.  It was a long paddle, but the scenery today was beautiful with the fall colors.  At one point, the river split.  Scotty, Howard and I went to the right and darn if there wasn't a strainer and we couldn't get past.  Of all days!  My plantar fascitis was really bad and it was hard for me to walk.  Howard and Scotty being true gentlemen, carried my boat up onto land, past the strainer and back into the water.
Afterwards we went to the Mellow Mushroom and it was the best darn pizza ever!

Yes, there are bears in Tennessee - haha.

Look at the beautiful fall colors!

This is why I love kayaking!

Howard and Scotty transporting kayaks when we got stuck in the river.

Perfect place for lunch.

Look at our max speed - 9.5 mph!

At the take out - so pretty.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Red River - Lantern Tour

Red River                                                               7 miles, 370 miles total
Adams to Port Royal with Paddle Adventures Unlimited
Fairly nice day

We had a great day paddling.  Afterwards we went on the Lantern Tour.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Red River

Red River                                                                 11 miles, 363 miles total
5 hours, 11 miles

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Buffalo River                                                     12 miles, 352.1 total

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Duck River - Paddling for a Margarita - August 24, 2014

Duck River                                                   7.5 Miles, 340.1 Miles Total
Dement Bridge to Highway 41
11:00 to 2:15
Hot, sunny day, but nice on the river, Blue Skies :)
Me, Scotty, Dick, 32 total boats through Paddle Adventures Unlimited

It was a GREAT day for paddling.  We went with Paddle Adventures Unlimited.  It seemed like a really long time until we got into the water.  We arrived there at 9:30, had to wait for another paddler, then a group had to go to the take-out.  So once we got into the water, it was really a welcome paddle as it was such a hot day.  Once again as with so many other meetups, we met lots of nice people.  We paddled for about 2 hours and found a small gravel bar where we stopped for lunch.  There was a large watergun battle here, and in the hot weather, nobody minded getting wet!  The last half of the day seemed to go especially fast.  Scotty switched into a canoe with another lady, and her husband tried out his kayak.
After the paddle, we went to Alfonzo's in Shelbyville and had a fantastic Mexican dinner.  I had a margarita which was a perfect way to end the day (even if it was an especially strong Margarita)!