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Saturday, August 5, 2017

Red River - Tubes Everywhere

Red River                                                       11.6 miles
Me, Beatrix, Kevin
Water level - 4.6, Temperature in 80s, Little Humidity, 10:35-2:30

I convinced Beatrix that 4.6 would be good enough to paddle.  It was low in some places and we had to scoot across a few rocky bottoms, but never had to get out and pull our kayaks.  The water had a slow flow.  But, that was all made up by the beautiful weather and again, good conversation.  We were also able to park one truck at the new TWRA parking lot at Porter's Chapel.  It's a large lot and there's a large paved road down into the river.  Great - Clarksville needs more good put-ins!  The thing that made today stand out was the amazing number of tubes on the river today.  With the slow flow today, we figured that many of these paddlers would be on the river for a LONG time.  But, we all had the same idea - enjoy a perfect day!

Dyer's Creek - Freedom!

Dyer's Creek

I have the best husband ever.  I had my knee surgery on May 30 and the recovery can be very discouraging and I think I was slipping into depression.  It hasn't been fun spending my summer doing PT when I'm usually gardening, traveling or kayaking!  So Scotty said, "Let's go to Dyer's Creek!"  And I jumped up.  Well, I really held onto the armrest, pulled myself out of the chair mostly with my good leg and hobbled to the door.  Imagine, calling an old dog to go for a walk.....  Dyer's Creek is an inlet off of the Cumberland River and very calm with minimal current.  It was splendid!  I was able to sit with my left leg stretched out, propped up by my right leg.  It was only an hour and a half, but it was probably the best hour and a half since May 30!  Kayaking is truly medicine for the soul!  :)