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Sunday, September 20, 2015

Fancher Falls

Fancher Falls                                                                        8 miles                  689 Total Miles
Average Speed 2.5 mph, Maximum Speed 7.4 mph (Really?)

This is a really cool paddle!!  We had done this once before in the spring when the water was too cold to get in.  We started off at Johnson Chapel Boat Launch at 9:30.  We paddled southeast past the marina and then up north.  Along the way we saw a bald eagle soaring above us - wow!!!  We realized that we may have gone too far north.  The thing about paddling is you can't pull over to ask for directions.  I pulled out my iphone and we figured out that we had missed the inlet so we turned around and went back.  We paddled as far as we could up this rocky, clear, beautiful stream.  It is lined with short cliffs and then some muddy, flat banks.  There comes a point where you can't paddle any more.  So we tied our boats to some rocks and waded up the rest of the way.  Fancher Falls is an absolutely beautiful falls.  What's so amazing is that there is a house directly above the falls.  We could also see a gazebo on one of the cliffs above.  I would love to know who is the lucky person that lives there!!!

Saturday, September 19, 2015


We hiked down to Cummins Falls about a mile one way.  The trail leads downhill until you get to the stream.  This is tricky hiking as the rocks and trail are very slippery.  We only passed a couple of people walking.   We got to the falls which are beautiful.  We managed to climb up the falls and walked at the top of the rocks for awhile.  Scotty dove into the water, but I hiked back down.  The water was very cold!

We went to Burgess Falls to hike.  We only went about half a mile on this trail as it was closed.  Over the summer, some big rains had damaged the steel steps leading down to the falls.    We met a very nice young park ranger that told us about the repairs.  He was very apologetic about us not being able to continue.   It's so great to see young people that have such a love of the national parks and nature.  Along this hike we saw 3 snakes, one small green snake, one small black snake and one large brown snake with diamonds on his back.  I didn't like the looks of the last snake!

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Kentucky Lake

Kentucky Lake                                             6 miles                       681 Total Miles
Average Speed 2.5 mph, 2 hours 26 Minutes Paddling Time

A beautiful sunny Sunday, so a perfect day for kayaking.  We headed to Kentucky Lake as we had never been there.  We put in at Paris Landing State Park and paddled south, then across the river and back up north.  We saw many birds out in the lake.  Also, there are the remnants of an old road that went across this bay still out in the water.  For this blog, I thought I'd put a list of the basic gear we take when kayaking for a day:

Life Vests
Water Bottle
First Aid Kit
Dry Bag
Dry Clothes (especially in fall/winter/cold weather)
Water Shoes

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Red River with MSUMC Friends

Red River                                                                     8.2 miles                675.2 Total
Left house and it was 65degrees, probably 70 degrees today, cloudy, then sun came out
9 of us - me, Scotty, Vicki, Brian & Michelle Engle, Chris, Cody & Rylin Carlson, Grant Perry
Put in at 9:40, total paddling time 2:28
Average speed 3.3 mph

The weather was overcast, 15% chance of rain so that may have scared off some.  Our list of paddlers dwindled down to 9 of us.   We had 4 canoes and had a nice day.  There were lots of other paddlers on the river today.  The water seemed low and a few of the canoes got stuck on rocks or dragged in places across gravel bottom, but nobody flipped - so all in all, a great day!