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Monday, May 30, 2016

Harpeth river

Scotty and Ethan          11 miles                                                       817.8 miles total

Put in at Hwy 70 bridge and take out at Harris street bridge.
Temperature started at 78 and was 86 when we finished.
The river level was just over 1 ft and we scraped in a couple of places. There were a few more rocks to avoid also.

This was Memorial day and we knew it would be busy, but Ethan was on his way back to Huntsville so it was on the way for him. We passed maybe 4 large groups of rental canoes and kayaks, then it was really nice the rest of the way. Not too crowded. The road near Foggy bottom and tip-a-canoe was one large parking lot for about a mile. Both sides of the road in places. We finished in just under 3 hours. After we finished we drove to Loveless cafe and had an early dinner. Then Ethan headed South and I went back North. Ethan had the longer drive, but I had all the gear to unload when I got home.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Drakes Creek

Drakes Creek                                                               10.7 miles                 806.8 Total
Avg. Speed 2.9 mph, Max Speed 7.3 mph, 3 Hours 37 minutes
Me, Scotty, Ann, Dawn
Water level at 8 feet

It was an absolutely beautiful spring day - blue skies, temps in the 70s, quickly flowing water.  There were 4 of us and we were able to paddle together and at a fairly good rate, and never did see anybody else on the river.  The water was brown as there had been rains the week before.  On this trip, I saw a quick glance of 2 otters.  One was on a little island covered in rocks.  I could hear his toenails running across the rocks before I saw his back go quickly into the water.  Another otter I saw come quickly down the bank, run behind a bush and enter into a hole in the bank.  We saw a snake go swimming from one side of the river to the other.  We paddled alongside 10 baby ducklings just peeping away.  Mama Duck had flown ahead of us acting injured - mamas do this to divert attention to themselves away from their babies.  We did get a few pictures of the babies, then paddled away to relieve Mama's fear.  The one animal that really got our hearts racing was a heron.  It landed on the branch of a large decrepit tree.  He knocked the tree into the water.  It was huge, and if it had fallen onto a person, it would have seriously injured them.

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Red River

                                                                          10.4 miles             796 total

Avg Speed 3.1 mph, Max Speed 6.7 mph, 3:23

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Yellow Flowers on Yellow Creek

Yellow Creek                                                                 7 miles                  785.7
Put in at 9:25, turned around at 11:20, took lunch break, then started back at 11:45, took out at 1:45
3:28 total time, 2mph average speed, 4 mph maximum speed

As I'm typing this at 3:30 the skies have opened up.  It is dark outside, windy and LOTS of rain.  We knew the rain was predicted late afternoon so we got out early today.  We drove down Lylewood Road and put in at the Cumberland.  The river was very calm and we quickly crossed over to where Yellow Creek comes in.  Just as we turned up Yellow Creek, 2 eagles flew overhead.  Cool!!  We paddled under the trestle and passed 2 fishing boats.  The water was so extremely still, we couldn't even tell if there was a current flowing.  We paddled 2 hours upstream.  Along the way, we heard lots of birds, saw some yellow flowers, I think lilies floating down stream every once in awhile.  On shore, there were many fields of yellow flowers (possibly mustard plants).  There was only one spot which could be considered a challenge - a very small challenge.  The creek got narrow and was winding, there were logs down and we had to paddle 50 feet upstream in this.  We got past it and once again, the creek was manageable, even going upstream.   We stopped at a gravel bar and had a quick snack.  Then we turned around, knowing that afternoon thunderstorms were predicted about 1 or 2.  We made it back without getting into any rain.  A delightful Sunday morning with nature!!