Good questions Gremmie.
Posted by: deuce on Jan-29-13 11:36 AM (EST)
Bear with me for a moment. I met my new friends Al and Ana Donaldson for the first time on the Current River last February. I had posted an upcoming trip (Pultite to Two Rivers) on the ACC message board and Al responded. He explained that they leave the frozen midwest every year to spend part of the winter on the Current and would like to join us for part of the trip. They and another gentleman whose name escapes me paddled with us the first day and part of the second and I was able to persuade them to join us for dinner one night. They were also kind enough to shuttle our truck to the takeout.
The Donaldsons are expert paddlers who like to cover a lot of river because that's their thing. I knew my buddy and I would be travelling at a more leisurely pace so I just made sure they knew in advance we might fall behind and wouldn't be offended if they chose not to wait on us. We worked out in advance where they would join and leave us. This arrangement seemed to work out well and will be our M.O. again this year as they'll be joining us for some more paddling but not gravel bar camping. Others may or may not be joining them for part of their winter sojourn, but I expect anyone who does will join us on the water as well.
Bob, Cedargrove to Round Spring sounds like a great option. It would get us on the part of the river we missed last year. I'll strongly consider that possibility. Webb, don't you feel an, ahem ahem, cough coming on? Love for you to join us. Thanks guys for all the advice. Y'all are the bestest.