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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.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Harpeth River - Magnificent Mothers Day

Harpeth River                                                           9.6 miles                     10754 miles total

Me, Scott, Beatrix, Kevin, Robin, Jim
9.6 miles, 2:20 minutes paddling time

What better way to spend Mother's Day than paddling down a river.  Well, it would have been nice to have been with my kiddos, but they all have their own lives now and are each 3 hours away.  Fortunately, two other moms (and their husbands) were able to join us on this paddle.  There were lots of other people out on the river enjoying the river and beautiful day.   The river had a good flow today and it was a little higher than usual.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Yellow Creek (aka Yellow River today.....)

Yellow Creek                                                     7 miles                             1065.8 total
Temperature 77degrees, Put in at1:50, Paddled 2:57, Total Time 3:17
Avg Speed 2.4 mph

We had the afternoon free and wanted to do a short paddle so over to Yellow Creek.  Many of the rivers here and in other states are at flood stage and dangerous.  The advantage to Yellow Creek is that it does not have a strong current and it's a small creek, not a river.  Typically it's a small creek - today it looked like a river!  We had to paddle across the Cumberland and it was like playing Frogger as we avoided many logs floating down river.  Once we got into the creek, we could definitely tell the difference.  It was so much wider than usual and the water covered tree trunks letting just the foliage of trees appear above the water.  On a typical day, we might pass a few fishermen in small boats or canoes.  Today, we passed a few fishermen and some other kayakers.  We have never seen kayakers on this creek in the past!  About a mile up from the Cumberland is a small inlet with a huge beaver dam at the entrance.  No beaver dam today, but we did see plenty of sticks floating around in the inlet.  The last time Scotty and Dick paddled this creek, they came across a huge tree and that was where they ended their trip.  Today, we could see that tree at least 3 feet underneath our kayaks.  Today - Yellow Creek with blue skies, white clouds and happy paddlers!