-- Last Updated: Jan-13-14 10:10 AM EST --
Had a nice experience on my local river with an above average flow from snowmelt.
We had a few days with a high of 0 and my timing put me on the river when all those oxbows and eddies of ice broke loose. I attained about 2 miles against a current of 3-4 mph pushing ice sheets maybe 6 inches thick and some as big as houses. It was like dodging missiles in a giant Galactica game. At times, the entire river was blocked and I’d have to back paddle and tuck into a creek or eddy and let them pass. A lot of weaving in and out and trying to predict their movements amongst the spinning and hang-ups. It was a little sketchy at times when what you thought was a gap would quickly close in on you. Your head had to be on a swivel.
Coming back down was even better. I could rest my bow up on a floe and have this sense of being on a floating island. I could push and steer them into root wads and rocks and watch them explode. If you got them up to speed enough, the leading edge would submarine and you could shove them under another sheet and they would flip and turn just like icebergs.
One of the funnest days I’ve ever had on a river. On returning home, I had a message from the owner of a Blackhawk that I’ve been pursuing and he’s ready to sell. I pick it up on Wednesday.
Oh, bright sunny day, about 45, plenty of geese, Mallards, and a giant Bald Eagle cruising upriver. All in a suburban environment about 5 minutes from my house.
Work’s stressful. I need days like this.
Hardshell Kayak Sail Rigs
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Posted by: jackL on Jan-13-14 11:29 AM (EST)
I can remember when we used to train on the local lake in the winter with our kayaks, and it was hairy breaking through a 1/4 inch of ice.
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Posted by: spiritboat on Jan-13-14 12:28 PM (EST)