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Monday, February 20, 2017

Harpeth River - Tree Rescue

Harpeth River                                                     10 miles                              1039 miles total

Average Speed 3.3mph, Maximum Speed 7.5 mph, 3 hours, 70-75degrees
Water Level 2.4 feet

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Drakes Creek - Strainer Fun

Drakes Creek                                                             10.3 miles                    1029 total miles

3:30 time, 3.0 mph - average speed, 6.7 mph - maximum speed
with Bowling Group
64-68degrees, cloudy & overcast skies

There were 16 of us that all had the same idea - get out and enjoy the day!  Although it was overcast, it wasn't cold for an early February day.  The water level was at 7.5 feet which apparently is about the lowest level that the Bowling Green will go out paddling.  There were several challenging spots.  The first challenge was a huge tree laying across the river where we had to lay back in our boats to get under.  Another 'fun' spot was a strainer across the river with a narrow access on the left side of the river (about 6 feet) through some other downed trees.  Actually, both of these spots were really fun for me, and probably everybody else.  There were 2-3 drops over some rocks and the water always came splashing up into my console, cockpit and onto me!  Even with all of the twists, drops, strainers - nobody flipped.  Just another great day of paddling!

Waiting for my turn to do the limbo under the fallen tree!

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Yellow Creek - A Blue and Brown Day!

Yellow Creek                                           6 miles                         1018.6 total miles

Average Speed 2.7 mph, Max Speed 5.3 mph, 2 hours 13 minutes paddling time
50 degrees, Blue Skies

For February, it turned out to be a perfect day for kayaking.  Yellow Creek's low water level made the trip somewhat ominous as brown sticks stuck out of the brown water against blue skies.  The water was probably the clearest we've ever seen on this small creek.  At times, we could see the bottom 3 feet below us.  We passed lots of fishermen, apparently we weren't the only ones taking advantage of the day!  As we got to the end of our 3 miles, there were a few twists and it made for a fun struggle against the current and even more fun when we turned around and were able to pick up speed.