OK, I know it is nearly half a year away, but winter has not even taken hold yet and I am already going crazy and need to think warm thoughts.
In the interest of those who have to plan far in advance for the purposes of asking for time off, etc, are we agreed on the following:
The Spring Ozark Rendezvous will be the first week/weekend in May (May 1-5)?
It will be at Twin Bridges (or somewhere nearby) on the North Fork of the White River?
Also, is anyone interested in trying to do a multi-day downriver trip on the Buffalo River in Arkansas either just prior or after the Rendezvous (assuming adequate water)?
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Posted by: kayamedic on Dec-02-12 1:24 PM (EST)
That's my understanding|
Posted by: vic on Dec-02-12 2:31 PM (EST)
That's what I understood we decided last spring. Annual Spring Rendezvous first week in May on the North Fork with camping at Twin Bridges.
Not Too Early|
Posted by: wildernesswebb on Dec-03-12 12:38 AM (EST)
Posted by: osprey on Dec-07-12 2:07 PM (EST)
Posted by: thebob.com on Dec-08-12 1:21 PM (EST)
Having trouble hanging on to the pole?|
Posted by: kayamedic on Dec-08-12 1:56 PM (EST)
I have never been below Big Springs.
Posted by: pblanc on Dec-08-12 6:23 PM (EST)
I would be up for a multi-day downriver trip on the Current, Bob. I just need a bit of advance notice so as not to plan something else the same week.
as far as i know |
Posted by: yakjak on Dec-09-12 7:46 AM (EST)
Lower Current |
Posted by: Coldspring on Dec-29-12 8:06 PM (EST)
It might be the perfect spring to paddle the Lower Current with the record low river levels. You can ford the Current above Two Rivers in a Subaru right now.
Will Have To Do That Trip This Year|
Posted by: wildernesswebb on Dec-10-12 11:59 AM (EST)
I might suggest it be done during the week, too.
its cool when it s colder |
Posted by: yakjak on Dec-13-12 11:44 AM (EST)
but its cool any time you get out there
new to vous|
Posted by: ketengr on Dec-15-12 10:11 AM (EST)
New to Rendezvous, I would like to paddle more than just Wednesday to Sunday May 5th as it is a 12+ hour drive to Missouri. A trip before the “vous” would work better into my schedule as I start work at Rutabaga on Saturday May 11th.
Posted by: pblanc on Dec-15-12 12:46 PM (EST)
new to vous|
Posted by: ketengr on Dec-19-12 7:37 AM (EST)
I well know Pat C. and will pester him for details for sights along the way.
Posted by: pblanc on Dec-19-12 11:36 AM (EST)
A seemingly logical option would be to spend a couple, three days or so paddling somewhere on the Current, or possibly Jack's Fork prior to the Rendezvous since you basically have to cross them to get down to Dora, MO where the North Fork of the White River is.
Posted by: PJC on Jan-02-13 6:37 PM (EST)
I will probably have an occupied passenger seat or I would suggest a ride share. But that is only probable. Will know more as the time approaches.
new to vous|
Posted by: ketengr on Jan-11-13 8:35 AM (EST)
Posted by: deuce on Jan-11-13 10:07 AM (EST)
If you still talk to the gentleman who wrote the book recommend the Mark Knopfler album Ragpicker's Dream to him. He released a couple of concept albums several years ago that contained his takes on historical events and that was one of them. Pretty neat stuff. I know he'd appreciate it. Back to paddling everyone.
Posted by: PJC on Jan-11-13 1:35 PM (EST)
I skipped the pool session this time. I was going to take the son of a friend of mine and get him rolling, but he never got back to me and I didn't feel like digging out the shed to get to the kayak for just me.
Would your friend be LittleRed on p.net?|
Posted by: Yanoer on Jan-11-13 11:28 PM (EST)
She's a member of our local paddling club.
Posted by: MORiverPaddler on Jan-01-13 9:29 PM (EST)
I was on the North Fork in 1978 or so, last time I got down there. Where do you guys put in? I assume you paddle to the rendezvous point. Gotta refresh my memory. The main thing I remember is cold, clear water and those damn big brown trout hanging out on the bottom. Paddled the Buffalo on the same trip.
Posted by: pblanc on Jan-01-13 11:20 PM (EST)
Planning on coming to Spring Rendezvous|
Posted by: apgoss on Jan-04-13 4:58 AM (EST)
Most interested in coming again...and will bring my little trailer...and also running the Buffalo River if there is plenty of water...either before or after!!
Posted by: Deuce on Jan-04-13 2:58 PM (EST)
The good news is the lower Buffy is pretty well always runnable. Two feet and up at the Highway 14 gauge is considered low but floatable and I don't recall it ever dropping below 2.5 there last summer. Of course more careful consideration with regard to packing is required at those levels, but it's unlikely to be that low then (must stop typing for a moment and find some wood to knock on). I really really reeeeeeeeeally hope to make the rendezvous and participate in some down river fun.
Interested in multi-day overnight trip|
Posted by: Glenn_MacGrady on Jan-11-13 5:30 PM (EST)
I've never paddled those parts and would very much like to. I'm planning to be in Florida in April and would be willing under certain circumstances to swing up through the Ozarks for the first part of May.
Speaking for myself...................|
Posted by: thebob.com on Jan-11-13 8:02 PM (EST)
If I do a long trip on the Current river this year; it would probably be sometime in May, or June, -OR- in early Fall (not to conflict with the Fall Ozark Rendezvous).
Posted by: vic on Jan-12-13 1:52 PM (EST)
I'm in for a longer trip on the Current or Buffalo with a preference for the Buffalo. However, I do have some scheduling preferences:
Speaking for myself...................|
Posted by: thebob.com on Jan-11-13 8:02 PM (EST)
Not talking about a conflict with OzVous|
Posted by: Glenn_MacGrady on Jan-12-13 9:27 AM (EST)
Pete asked in the OP if anyone would be interested in a multi-day trip before or after the OzVous . That's what I was talking about and responding with interest to.
Posted by: pblanc on Jan-12-13 9:45 AM (EST)
A 75+ mile trip would have to be either on the Current or the Buffalo. Last year the Buffalo was too low.
I'd have to play it by ear until April|
Posted by: Glenn_MacGrady on Jan-12-13 10:08 AM (EST)
I'd only know my actual plans by April, and would probably have a preference for the week after OzVous to give myself more travel time.
Current or Buffalo?|
Posted by: thebob.com on Jan-12-13 12:43 PM (EST)
Posted by: vic on Feb-01-13 10:50 AM (EST)
The freeze is back on with temps below zero and wind chills -10 to -20 last night. Whenever I need better thoughts of springtime, nice temps, and a beautiful river to boost my spirits I check out the Spring Rendezvous thread.
Yeah, I can't wait.|
Posted by: pblanc on Feb-01-13 10:59 AM (EST)
The winter is getting to me. Ramblin' Jack and I took advantage of a warm day a couple of days ago to do a day trip on the Blue River here in Indiana. First time I was in a boat in a couple of months.
Posted by: PamThePaddler on Feb-02-13 9:34 AM (EST)
Phil says early spring!! Bring it on! I am afraid I will forget how to paddle, haven't been on the water since November and miss seeing my paddling friends. Hope you all are well, look forward to seeing everyone soon!
Posted by: pblanc on Feb-02-13 1:11 PM (EST)
that fat rodent has lied to me before.
Not able to come|
Posted by: apgoss on Feb-16-13 9:13 AM (EST)
I regret that I won't be able to join in this Spring...my youngest son who lives in Japan teaching English just had his 1st child..and wants me to come during their 10-day "Spring Break"...I could not work the dates for both!!
Posted by: PJC on Feb-16-13 12:16 PM (EST)
Sorry to hear... but Japan?? That's neat.
god im ready to retire |
Posted by: yakjak on Feb-27-13 11:32 AM (EST)
but im even more ready to paddle in the ozarks.... another month to go ...
Not looking good for me.|
Posted by: deuce on Feb-27-13 2:39 PM (EST)
re the Buffalo|
Posted by: Paddle_Lupe on Mar-01-13 5:30 PM (EST)
Twin Bridges Campground|
Posted by: PamThePaddler on Mar-04-13 10:42 AM (EST)
I emailed Jim this morning to let him know the dates we will be down, May 1-5, I did let him know that some folks may come early. Price is still $ 8.00 per person per day, when making reservastions please mention that you are with the Ozark Rendezvous Group. We will be in the field like the last few years, that is unless you want electric, you will have to call him for that rate.
Posted by: vic on Mar-05-13 5:18 PM (EST)
As I've gotten older I'm reluctant to see time moving by too quickly. Except for this time of year.
pot luck this year?|
Posted by: yakjak on Mar-12-13 11:20 PM (EST)
hope so . theres not a days gone bye here lately that im not thinking about the rendezvous ,what to bring , check my gear, if im gonna cook or eat at that awesome diner down the road..lol.. its a little bit like torture cause shit im ready to go now...as usual im taking mom over to my sisters in Bentonville .. and will be coming in from the west ... not exactly sure how my vacation is going to fall but i expect to paddle every day of thr rendezvous and hopefully hit the spring river (fun)and maybe get on the eleven point for a long day trip...before i have to return home... ok im done rambling ....jack
Posted by: wildernesswebb on Mar-12-13 11:31 PM (EST)
I'll start a Potluck thread. Post trip paddling sounds good too. I'll be off the week after the Rendezvous.
Sounds good to me too|
Posted by: vic on Mar-13-13 1:46 AM (EST)
Look at the bright side, Jack.|
Posted by: pblanc on Mar-13-13 7:49 AM (EST)
At present your body might not be rambling but your mind certainly is.
Posted by: wildernesswebb on Mar-13-13 9:45 AM (EST)
It's a wonder |
Posted by: yakjak on Mar-13-13 11:48 AM (EST)
I can put together complete sentences sometimes...lol
Posted by: Boyscout on Mar-16-13 11:29 AM (EST)
Just added a bunch of misc Ozark rendezvous pics to my facebook. includes pics from many years past and more present. plus from last north fork. for those who have not had the pleasure of attending the trips.
Posted by: duggae on Mar-20-13 1:52 PM (EST)
Thanks for reminding me how much I am going to miss the Guide!
Posted by: vic on Mar-21-13 12:51 AM (EST)
Sent you an email with the attachment.
Duggae - Guide is in good hands!|
Posted by: PamThePaddler on Mar-22-13 9:56 PM (EST)
Duggae - I know you will miss the Guide but I promise I'll take good care of it. Have been able to paddle it once - Rob and I did a day trip on the Meramec - was a warm day but the wind was bad, we had gust up to 30-35 mph. Rob said if I didn't hate the boat by the end of the day then I was good. I didn't hate it at all, boat felt good, can't wait to get it on the North Fork. Rob thinks this time next year I'll be ready to sell the Argosy and will only want to paddle the Guide.
Amazing how often |
Posted by: Boyscout on Mar-24-13 5:58 AM (EST)
Many a canoe has stayed in the family with the Rendezvous group.Dougs guide Terrys Dagger and a few others. Hopefully i may even see the wildfire again. I see you stuck with a color even if you can't decide on which canoe you like LOL. can't wait to see the old gang and hopefully a few new members will be added. Hopefully this time i can get each days pics done daily for the video. Have a few songs picked out already.
I DO have a hubby and he is coming too|
Posted by: kayamedic on Mar-28-13 7:10 PM (EST)
Jim and I will arrive Mon or Tues before and leave for the Buffalo Sunday.
Posted by: wildernesswebb on Mar-28-13 9:06 PM (EST)
.... a Couple Days on the Current before heading to the North Fork for the Rendezvous? Either there or the Eleven Point just to show him another river or two. I work the weekend then I teach a Basic Arrhythmia class Monday the 29th, but after that I'm free to paddle for about 10 days.
Posted by: kayamedic on Mar-28-13 9:09 PM (EST)
same camping spot at Twin Bridges? You'll have to tolerate some of our Northerners lack of geographic knowledge of the area.
Twin bridges |
Posted by: Boyscout on Mar-28-13 9:28 PM (EST)
Got the call from twin bridges today. to see if I was coming to the rendezvous. I asked about the concession breakfast this year. The lady who cooked the last few years passed away. But they have someone that sounds pretty decent to replace her.
Posted by: wildernesswebb on Mar-29-13 12:40 PM (EST)
Gosh, that's sad to hear. She was a "Hoot," and I enjoyed talking to her as much as her cooking.
That is sad news.|
Posted by: pblanc on Mar-29-13 4:59 PM (EST)
Posted by: vic on Apr-02-13 2:37 PM (EST)
Not the rock band, but me.
Vic we can hold you up|
Posted by: kayamedic on Apr-02-13 10:14 PM (EST)
One of us napsters leans right; the other one left.
On our way!|
Posted by: Rena on Apr-03-13 2:04 PM (EST)
I just got my complimentary call from Twin Bridges and reserved a spot for Eric and I May 1 through 5, yahoooo! I am so sorry and stunned to hear the cook died--I had no idea she would be gone.
Posted by: vic on Apr-03-13 2:37 PM (EST)
I remember on one Rendezvous I was paddling just ahead of sloopsailor when I heard a splash. I turned around and saw him sitting in the river next to his SuperNova which was sitting upright. I paddled over there and looked in his canoe - it was completely dry! My guess is that he fell asleep and that round bottomed canoe just dumped him out.
Only 4 weeks!|
Posted by: PamThePaddler on Apr-03-13 9:42 PM (EST)
I will be arriving Wednesday 5/1 in the am and plan to paddle that day, so don't leave without me! Hope to be there by 10:00 am. Not sure when Rob will arrive, depends on work, he'll be there Wen or Thur night. I can't wait to see everyone and get on the river!
Hey Pam ...|
Posted by: vic on Apr-04-13 12:45 AM (EST)
what time is afternoon tea?
Posted by: PamThePaddler on Apr-04-13 10:01 AM (EST)
Vic - how about now! Oh wait I am at work at its only 9:00 am, guess I can't to that. But in 4 weeks I can do anything I want! But I would guess high tea will be after paddling for the day, drinking and paddling together doesn' work well for me!
Y'all are killing me. |
Posted by: deuce on Apr-04-13 12:31 PM (EST)
Need to stay out of this thread.
Posted by: Boyscout on Apr-04-13 3:11 PM (EST)
So is Dougs old canoe coming along this trip? Maybe a kayak.
Guide will be on this trip!|
Posted by: PamThePaddler on Apr-04-13 4:10 PM (EST)
I only do a kayak in whitewater so for this trip since it is non-whitewater I will be brining the Guide. Have only paddled it once so anxious to get it out there!
I will bring a Colden DragonFly|
Posted by: kayamedic on Apr-04-13 6:23 PM (EST)
and Swift Raven for toys. I'll let you play with mine if I can play with yours.
Posted by: thebob.com on Apr-04-13 9:34 PM (EST)
I'll go to the extra trouble of loading up my Mad River Flashback, and bringing it; if "you" promise to paddle it at least one day.
Posted by: vic on Apr-05-13 2:08 AM (EST)
The only time I sit on a saddle is when it is attached to horse. I didn't even sit on the saddles that they used instead of chairs at Dean's BBQ in Eminence before they closed.
Posted by: pblanc on Apr-08-13 1:13 PM (EST)
I would kind of like to paddle that Flashback if you feel like bringing it.
Posted by: kayamedic on Apr-07-13 11:23 AM (EST)
will be doing a multiday Buffalo trip. But probably not camping at campgrounds. Currently many are closed due to sequestration.
Word to the wise.................|
Posted by: thebob.com on Apr-07-13 12:01 PM (EST)
Re: Buffalo river regulations.
I've never carried bottles or cans|
Posted by: kayamedic on Apr-07-13 12:08 PM (EST)
If the duck quacks feed it.|
Posted by: deuce on Apr-08-13 10:40 AM (EST)
Copied directly from the NPS web site.
The intent of the law is clearly |
Posted by: kayamedic on Apr-08-13 1:16 PM (EST)
to prevent runaway garbage in the event of an upset.
I agree completely, and I hope|
Posted by: deuce on Apr-08-13 1:49 PM (EST)
for your sake any rangers you might encounter do as well. I just know that:
One additional word to the wise ...|
Posted by: vic on Apr-07-13 4:42 PM (EST)
If you don't wear your PFD make sure you have one for each person in your boat when you float the Buffalo.
Reservations with Twin Bridges|
Posted by: PamThePaddler on Apr-09-13 8:13 PM (EST)
Just talked to Jim to make our reservations he did mention that there is also a Mountainman Ozark Rendezvous they are hosting so make sure you book under just Ozark Rendezvous as we have agreed to $8.00 per night per person, his usual rate is $ 12.00 so just want to make sure everyone gets the right rate with the right group. Not sure if this group is the same week as ours but get your reservations in when you can.
Yipe! I forgot about reservations!|
Posted by: kayamedic on Apr-09-13 8:19 PM (EST)
Just a note|
Posted by: kayamedic on Apr-14-13 7:33 PM (EST)
Will be going on to the Buffalo Sunday after Rendezvous.. Have truck, two people and two canoes. And one dog.
Food On Site|
Posted by: wildernesswebb on Apr-18-13 12:34 PM (EST)
Almost forgot to make MY reservation, but just did so. Jim said the new cook used to own his own restaurant and is a very good cook. Margaret and I will be eating breakfast there, since it's kinda nice to not have to mess with cooking and cleanup before paddling.
Do we have to reserve for food? NM|
Posted by: kayamedic on Apr-18-13 1:04 PM (EST)
Posted by: wildernesswebb on Apr-18-13 2:23 PM (EST)
Here's a picture of the seating area. It's also where we have our Potluck.
Sure will miss|
Posted by: sloopsailor on Apr-18-13 4:58 PM (EST)
Her Rhubarb pie.
Posted by: wildernesswebb on Apr-18-13 8:00 PM (EST)
Posted by: vic on Apr-23-13 12:22 PM (EST)
With any luck at this time a week from today I will be in my canoe on the North Fork.
I think there will be plenty of hot air|
Posted by: kayamedic on Apr-23-13 12:41 PM (EST)
at Rendezvous. Vic please leave your rotten weather at home. Even we are warmer! Its 34 and raining.
Posted by: thebob.com on Apr-23-13 6:15 PM (EST)
Restaurant at Twin Bridges|
Posted by: PamThePaddler on Apr-27-13 12:50 PM (EST)
So I just talked with Jim at Twin Bridges to confirm that the new person who took over the little restaurant will be there and cooking. Rob and I have decided to do breakfast up there - we are getting lazy when it comes to cooking and cleanup - at least I can admit it.
That's Our Plan Too|
Posted by: wildernesswebb on Apr-30-13 10:02 AM (EST)
We'll do more camp cooking at the Fall Rendezvous. We'll let someone else do the cooking this Spring. Dogs to the kennel this afternoon and make my Chili for the Thursday potluck. Watch the Blues tonight and head out in the morning ready to paddle on Wednesday if water levels allow? Looks like it just dropped less than 2000cfs and about 4' on the Tecumseh gauge, so it will be really "Kickin!"
Take care, flood watches|
Posted by: sloopsailor on May-02-13 2:54 PM (EST)
Thursday through Saturday, flood watches in the area..
Posted by: gremmie on May-03-13 4:59 PM (EST)