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  Ozark Spring Rendezvous
  Posted by: yakjak on Dec-17-13 4:57 AM (EST)

I know its early to even be thinking about this but I wanted to turn in for vacation before i get it snatched from me .... What are the dates? ... couldnt remember ..Im ready to get winter over with thats for sure....

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  Interesting question Jack
  Posted by: vic on Dec-17-13 1:27 PM (EST)
Standing date for Spring Ozark Rendezvous is first week in May on the North Fork of the White River at Twin Bridges Campground. The “official” first day of the Spring Rendezvous is Thursday, but many folks show up earlier than that.

This raises at least two questions:

1. This year May first is on a Thursday. So the question is does the Spring Rendezvous this year start on Thursday, May 1, 2014, or on Thursday, May 8, 2014? Since I am retired either works for me.

2. With the changes going on at Twin Bridges do we still wish to make that our base camp location? While they seem to want to prioritize RV camping, as I recall they will still limit the Deer Park area to tent camping without hookups. Deer Park is the area of the campground where we have camped in past years. That seems OK to me. I think we should at least give it a shot this year and use that experience in deciding future plans.

So, what say the rest of you?
  Either date would be OK with me
  Posted by: pblanc on Dec-17-13 3:47 PM (EST)
insofar as I am no longer a useful member of society, and assuming I survive the winter.

I thought it was "Deer Meadow" at Twin Bridges?

I was wondering if people would be wanting to get together next spring on the Current River, since we got shut out this fall. I am not really advocating this but just tossing out the idea. If water levels permit, I would really like to do a couple of runs on the upper Jack's Fork, and if anything Twin Bridges is better situated for that.
  You're right Pete
  Posted by: vic on Dec-17-13 4:13 PM (EST)
Deer Meadow is correct
  Spring rendezvous on the Buffalo
  Posted by: yakjak on Dec-17-13 9:43 PM (EST)
Really I don't care where we have it ... I just want to see everyone there again... Upper Jacks fork is awesome id do that again in a heartbeat... I did miss paddling on the current last year..... As the date draws nearer I'm sure there will be lots of good ideas on who what when where and why......but I need a dat so I can be sure to be there 1 st or 8 th
  Pictures of Spring Ozark Rendezvous 2014
  Posted by: apgoss on May-11-14 1:04 PM (EST)
Hope you'all enjoy these pictures...had a wonderful time!!

  Thanks for sharing
  Posted by: puffingin on May-12-14 8:08 AM (EST)
Great batch of photos, Anita. Loved shots of all the beautiful rivers you guys paddled, seeing all the cave exploring and pics of folks doing what they do at a 'vous. Really made me miss all of you and fun of being there.

What a great idea to bring the lap warmers! They look especially cozy and warming on Pete's and Pat2's laps as they (P & P)_sat around the campfire although I see they (the pups) aren't exclusive in their duties and are willing to spread their comfort around to others as needed. :) Although almost all my snow has melted (a couple piles on north side of my house) and I have seen a few flowers blooming, I loved seeing the abundant flowering trees and wildflowers. One photo, which has a caption something like "enjoying seeing signs of spring," gave me a chuckle because of beautiful shiny, new green poison ivy interspersed among the beautiful phlox blooms.

Loved your photos as well as those of all others who posted them.
  Posted by: pblanc on May-12-14 12:15 PM (EST)
Great photos, Anita.
  Posted by: wildernesswebb on May-12-14 4:46 PM (EST)
I especially liked the Jack's Fork and the frog pics!
  Great pics Anita
  Posted by: vic on May-12-14 8:30 PM (EST)
Sorry I missed it - paddling the upper Jack with the dogwoods in bloom -- damn!
  First Weekend of May
  Posted by: wildernesswebb on Dec-17-13 10:58 PM (EST)
So, some will get there a few days early in April but still, the official first weekend is when we planned.

Now, Pete has a great idea. As much as I like the North Fork, that would be 3 subsequent Rendezvous' there. Doing the Current gives some food for thought, but we'll see what the consensus is?

Buffalo Rendezvous? Margaret said she has no interest. I myself have been mixed up in a few "Cluster" shuttle fiascos on the Buffalo. Last time I made that drive, most of the group left after I'd paddled one day. I'll probably skip the Rendezvous this Spring if the Buffalo is the choice, but I could always use that vacation time for another paddling trip.
  Thanks Terry
  Posted by: yakjak on Dec-18-13 9:36 AM (EST)
For clearing that up for me ... I will put in my vacation request tonight.. I will gladly paddle anywhere the group decides ..
  Posted by: pblanc on Dec-19-13 12:50 PM (EST)
You and I need to paddle.

Blue River is currently just over 4 feet and coming down.
  You are right Terry
  Posted by: vic on Dec-18-13 12:30 PM (EST)
First week in May is the standing date and I agree we should stick to it. I just wanted to point out the unusual date circumstances for this year and clarify any potential confusion. Good to have it cleared up.

Wish it were mid-April already. Wouldn't mind missing the January, February, and March weather up here :-)
  C'mon Down Here, My Friend....
  Posted by: wildernesswebb on Dec-18-13 6:56 PM (EST)
....I'll show you some open water!
  Dates April 30 - May 4
  Posted by: PamThePaddler on Dec-26-13 4:34 PM (EST)
I agree with Terry we stick with first weekend of May (that second weekend is Mother's Day, wouldn't work for us or others I am sure). I am planning on April 30 - May 4. I am also going to put my request in for fall, which we agreed upon 3rd weekend, which would be October 15-19. I would love to do the Buffalo but understand if others aren't interested. If we decided on the Current, don't wait to long to make that decision because you'll have to reserve camping, you have to reserve starting April 15. I love the North Fork, from talking to the new owers where we camp will stay tent camping, and that time of year you won't see a whole lot of folks yet anyway.

It is going to be 55 and sunny this Saturday, December 28, but I have a full blown sinus infection, so I won't be out there - bummer!

Happy New Year to all and looking forward to spring!
  Posted by: wildernesswebb on Dec-26-13 11:49 PM (EST)
You know, since we agreed to do North Fork in Spring and Current in the Fall so maybe we need to keep with our plans? Yes, it would put us 3 times in a row on the North Fork, BUT it's still a pretty darn nice river in it's own right. And helping the new owners get some extra business in their first full season may be a good thing? Plus, they do have the dining which means less cooking and cleaning and more time to paddle and listen to the story tellers! And, don't forget we found that nice run on Bryant Creek too. So, I think maybe stick with the Northfork?
  Sounds like a plan
  Posted by: yakjak on Dec-29-13 7:03 AM (EST)
There are other rivers close by as well the Spring , jacks fork and eleven point could be a meet up for early or post paddlers
  Glad to know the dates
  Posted by: MadCityGal on Jan-04-14 10:38 AM (EST)
I'm hoping against hope that I can make it to the spring rendezvous. I've missed a couple. The subzero weather we are experiencing up here only makes that itch feel even harder to scratch!

We stayed at Twin Bridges for my last rendezvous. I understand there have been many changes since then. While I have a hankering to get back on the Current, the North Fork was great as well. I'm happy to "go with the flow".

See you on the river...
  Vacation Dates are in!
  Posted by: PamThePaddler on Jan-07-14 3:56 PM (EST)
I put my vacation days in, in my mind that will help move it along faster! These freezing temps are for the birds, I am SO ready for spring!

Stay warm and be safe! See ya'll soon!
  Posted by: vic on Jan-07-14 5:36 PM (EST)
I'm assuming you mean Penguins
  I Got Mine Covered....
  Posted by: wildernesswebb on Jan-08-14 12:24 AM (EST)
....last week too, so date is set for me!
  Anyone arriving early?
  Posted by: pblanc on Jan-12-14 3:24 PM (EST)
It looks as if I will likely paddle in the Eleven Point race on Saturday April 26 and camp in Alton, MO that evening. I am certainly not going to drive back to Evansville only to turn around and drive back to south MO a day or two later, so I expect I will be in the area as early as Sunday April 27.

If anyone anticipates arriving early who wants to paddle, let me know. I could also meet folks coming down from the north to do a day trip on the upper Current or Big Piney.
  Early bird
  Posted by: yakjak on Jan-13-14 11:34 PM (EST)
I will be there as early as Monday and hope to paddle Jacks fork or other rivers depending on water levels
  Pete, Jack et al
  Posted by: deuce on Jan-14-14 9:16 AM (EST)
Some of my ACC buddies will be up that way the preceding week. Wouldn't be at all surprised if some of them were still around when you arrive. Here's that conversation in case you're interested.
  Posted by: on Jan-14-14 6:08 PM (EST)
-- Last Updated: Jan-14-14 6:11 PM EST --

I hope that you & your ACC friends aren't the type to be "easily misled".

"Ramblin" Jack, and "Pistol" Pete are both from Indiana (not a good start); both are well known by most Ozark Rendezvous paddlers. Many Rendezvous paddlers are hesitant to paddle with either of them anymore, fearing their reputation may be negatively affected(guilt by association).

A grain of salt is about all that separates those two from being labeled as outlaws. If they still put up wanted posters in post offices; those two would have one.

I've lost track of the times I've been misled by those two.


  Posted by: deuce on Jan-15-14 8:56 AM (EST)
it's very kind of you to consider the welfare of us innocent Arkie and Texarkansan paddlers, and I must say it's a nice change of pace to for once be thought of as misleadees rather than, uh, misleaders, or something like that?
  I will try ---
  Posted by: pat2 on Jan-14-14 8:01 PM (EST)
-- Last Updated: Jan-14-14 8:02 PM EST --

I really enjoyed the early Jacks Fork paddles last Spring. I won't know for sure till closer to the Rdvz, but I will try to get there early. Trying to find an old WW kayak or oc1 to buy to make those runs a little more fun. I have my eye on a couple of old kayaks, if I can get the sellers to answer my emails. I wonder if theBob would part with one of those ugly dogs he is hoarding?

  Wish I Could Do Early
  Posted by: wildernesswebb on Jan-15-14 10:54 AM (EST)
But I didn't even notice the Eleven Point date being right before Rendezvous; no way I can get 2 weekends in a row off. Maybe we can make it Tuesday?
  If there are any
  Posted by: pblanc on Jan-15-14 11:06 AM (EST)
bums, blackguards, miscreants, malefactors, reprobates, rapscallions, scoundrels or scalawags who think they might arrive Sunday or Monday and feel that their reputations cannot be further besmirched by associating with me for the purposes of paddling, send me an email.
  Posted by: on Jan-15-14 12:34 PM (EST)
You forgot hellions, buffoons, carpet baggers, highwaymen, rake hells, libertines, trolls, dwarves, gnomes, ponzi men, scamps, barn burners, gypsies, assassins, tramps, con artists, trespassers, and poachers.

I aspire to be a jester someday.
Need an apprentice jester in your "merry band"?

  I didn't forget
  Posted by: pblanc on Jan-15-14 12:53 PM (EST)
I don't associate with "that" type.
  Posted by: deuce on Jan-15-14 1:33 PM (EST)
Apprentice, or jester? Pretty sure I qualify as both at any given time taken within the context of the subject at hand. Also, not to put too fine a point on it, but you forgot "blowloggers". I'm not personally guilty of any such shenanigans, but under extreme duress I could probably cough up the names of many who are.
  Incendiary devices..............
  Posted by: on Jan-15-14 1:53 PM (EST)
-- Last Updated: Jan-15-14 6:32 PM EST --

Don't mess with them, never did; not prudent.
Saw blowlog collapse after buffoon dropped a hair spay can into blow log. Buffoon caught can in chest when can cannonballed out of blowlog. Ruined his whole night, his shirt, and left some dandy cuts, bruises & burns on his face, neck & chest area. Hefty emergency room bill too.

Might as well play some redneck roulette; sit around campfire, throw in .22 short & wait for it to cook off.

A similiar version: Walk into a biker bar at closing time, and holler, " I can kick anybody ass in this stinking honky tonk"!

I do not endorse, or engage in such activities.
Unless those that do have experienced (close up)the results of a rocket & mortar attack on an ammo/fuel depot; they're all just a bunch of pikers anyway. Blow logs don't come close to seeing pallets of 105 mm artillery shells, and 55 gallon drums of gas, diesel, and aviation fuel cooking off.


  Even better
  Posted by: paddledad on Jan-15-14 2:22 PM (EST)
  Since you put it that way
  Posted by: paddledad on Jan-15-14 2:16 PM (EST)
I'm in.
  Incendiary Devices
  Posted by: deuce on Jan-15-14 2:32 PM (EST)
and flammable paddlers. Last May (at least the calendar said it was May; I'm convinced it was actually December)at WW school rumor has it there was a blow log exhibition which rumor has it was followed by an impromptu coal walking session. Rumor further has it that a certain paddler known far and wide for his commitment to safety and a conservative approach engaged in said coal walking except he or she chose to run and consequently ignited his or her down jacket. Said ignition, which quickly escalated to immolation, prompted vociferous instructions from the crowd to "stop drop and roll!" He or she was not injured and I was not present (at that campsite). As I said, rumor has it.
  Name calling
  Posted by: PJC on Jan-15-14 3:42 PM (EST)
will not deter me. IF I can get down early and paddle I will. But its better to make money when I can if I can. Won't know till much closer to the date so I can't commit now. Its a near certainty that I'll be there but I can't guarantee when or if I can bring down a Perception Dancer for Pat2.
  No need for a Dancer
  Posted by: pat2 on Jan-15-14 7:19 PM (EST)
Thanks for the offer, Pat, but you don't need to bring a boat for me. I will come up with one. Looking at one this Saturday as a matter of fact. Now, if anyone has a used spray skirt, ww paddle, or helmet to get rid of, I might be interested.
  wow Pete
  Posted by: yakjak on Jan-15-14 3:07 PM (EST)
I didnt realize we had such an effect on them Ozark paddlers...I gonna bring more booze this time ....
  No more................
  Posted by: on Jan-15-14 6:48 PM (EST)
-- Last Updated: Jan-15-14 8:51 PM EST --

No more mescal for those Indiana outlaws!
None for Pam either; she was out of control, and making way too much noise.

There was so much noise Pat C. & I (both sedate & conservative gentleman) could hardly carry on our scholarly discussion of blues, blues/rock, and rock & roll music.

Damn riff raff.


P.S. In retrospect, I suppose it could have been worse. Gremmie, Yanoer, and some of those corn field ditch paddling tramps from Illinois could have put in an appearance.

  I hope I am allowed to come
  Posted by: kayamedic on Jan-15-14 5:12 PM (EST)
-- Last Updated: Jan-15-14 8:11 PM EST --

clearly my vocabulary needs improvement.. or broadening or something..

I don't know any of those Midwest things.

Do I have to inflict live lobsters NOT wearing rubber bands on you?

Yes I probably will have four sleeping bags again.

  Posted by: PJC on Jan-15-14 8:14 PM (EST)
Just to get started, here are some I've been trying to work into comfortable paddling related sentences. The big question is if I can retain them well enough to compose a sentence using them while sampling Bob's mescal. And I hope I don't have to cordelle my canoe the next day.

Xiphoid, epact, quincux, barbican, fuliginous, slumgullion, puncheon, chthonic, sough, and eplgynous. If I get those I'll start working with scaphoid, ort, merlon, abattoir, and festal.

Yeah, winter is starting to wear on me a bit.
  Hey Pat can I paddle tandem with you
  Posted by: kayamedic on Jan-15-14 8:42 PM (EST)
while pounding on your xiphoid? Not only will you be in pain when it will probably barf.

Sorry..couldn't resist. Pete can put it back in place.
  Pete's likely
  Posted by: PJC on Jan-15-14 9:03 PM (EST)
to run me over first. Time you medical type paddlers get through with a fellow there'd be naught left but flinders.
  Posted by: PamThePaddler on Jan-15-14 9:15 PM (EST)
And who gave me that evil shit - oh yeah BOB. I don't think I was the only one a bit shit faced, I think your wife JoAnne was doing a pretty good job just on the wine alone. And plenty of the "boys" were there with me.

Looking forward to Rendezvous and our next "high tea", bring on the mescal or whatever else that will get us shit faced. PS - I did get up the next day with no hangover and paddled - that says something!
  Posted by: on Jan-16-14 12:23 AM (EST)
JoAnne is a lightweight.

1st glass of wine; relaxed.
2nd glsses of wine; bubbly & chatty, enjoying snacks.
3rd glasses of wine; nodding off on occasion.
4th glasses of wine; falls sound asleep in chair.
Shortly thereafter she is seeking her sleeping bag.

Never drinks enough for a hangover.
Something sensible about that........


  How the mighty have fallen
  Posted by: vic on Jan-16-14 1:01 AM (EST)
It was only about a dozen years ago I gave you guys a taste of Tullamore Dew, a nice smooth Irish Whiskey. A few years later I introduce you to a gentlemanly taste of real Port for after dinner. Now you’ll drink anything with alcohol, even Mescal. Please forgive me for what I have done.
  I sense
  Posted by: pblanc on Jan-17-14 10:31 AM (EST)
that you are still sore about me pushing you and your boat under that tree.

It was my wife's idea, I swear. I tried to stop her but I couldn't back paddle fast enough.
  To be fare
  Posted by: Boyscout on Feb-05-14 4:37 AM (EST)
Just from the little play time I had in Pats canoe.i imagine it(or Pat) needs very help in tipping over.
  I have to admit
  Posted by: yakjak on Jan-16-14 8:17 AM (EST)
that was the best, HIGH TEA, I ever was a part of..that fellow Mes Cal, was a funny s.o.b. I hope he shows up again this year..
  Mr. Mes Cal
  Posted by: on Jan-16-14 10:57 AM (EST)
I think I can say with some degree of assurance, that Mr. Mes Cal will likely make another guest appearance at the upcoming rendezvous.

You just don't "forget" to load my "paid for" boat & air bags Mr. "Ramblin Jack"!

  Bob if I can get away
  Posted by: yakjak on Jan-16-14 12:29 PM (EST)
we will paddle the current before then..
  Posted by: on Jan-16-14 12:48 PM (EST)
Sounds like an outstanding idea to me; keep me in the loop. I sorely need some paddling time; bet you do too.

  let me know
  Posted by: pblanc on Jan-16-14 1:24 PM (EST)
If you guys plan to paddle in February. There are a couple of guys from Minnesota who are interested in paddling around that time.

What boat are you guys talking about?
  mohawk xl 13 is sold
  Posted by: yakjak on Jan-16-14 3:22 PM (EST)
i wouldnt consider going to the current river without at the very least giving you a call Pete....
  You guys.....................
  Posted by: on Jan-16-14 6:16 PM (EST)
-- Last Updated: Jan-16-14 6:18 PM EST --

Throw out some dates for Febuary, and I'll try to accomodate you if I possibly can.Might even con my better half into joining a merry band of winter paddlers, on a frosty adventure.
As stated previously; keep me in the loop

Wouldn't have to deal with river dorks!
Dorks don't do winter paddling.
It's gotta be summertime to get drunk, stoned, and clog up every turn in the river with multiple canoes turned broadside, backwards, fully submerged, or upside down.


  Posted by: pblanc on Jan-16-14 7:05 PM (EST)
If you foresee an opening in your schedule for February that would appear to coincide with less than frigid weather predicted, let me and Bob know and we will try to accommodate you. Come March I anticipate getting busy with some other commitments.
  I wanna go!
  Posted by: PamThePaddler on Jan-16-14 8:31 PM (EST)
Can anyone invite themselves?? I wanna go!
  Posted by: yakjak on Jan-17-14 8:42 AM (EST)
do we need to start scheduling a winter ozark rendezvous? ....
  Pete and friends I haven't had the
  Posted by: deuce on Jan-17-14 9:37 AM (EST)
pleasure of meeting yet, there's a strong possibility of a February repeat of December's expedition, albeit possibly on another reach. Not sure yet. That's what we usually do in February, but we're missing our usual January Buffalo trip, so my crew may want to make that up instead. Will keep you posted.
  Wish You'all....
  Posted by: wildernesswebb on Jan-17-14 10:28 AM (EST)
....could do it earlier in the week this time? Only have a few weekends a year off. Can't believe I've not done a winter overnight this year.
  Terry, the last trip was atypical.
  Posted by: deuce on Jan-17-14 10:35 AM (EST)
Our MO M.O.:) is to put on Saturday afternoon and take out Monday. These trips are deliberately timed to coincide with bank holiday weekends. We usually do the Buffy MLK weekend and the Current President's Day weekend. This works for me because I get those off and works for the other guy who usually goes because he pretty well sets his own work schedule provided he has enough notice and home schools his son. Is your work schedule such that you could meet us midpoint some time on Sunday?
  It might be best to start a new thread
  Posted by: pblanc on Jan-17-14 10:33 AM (EST)
for anyone who has interest in a February trip in either the Missouri or Arkansas Ozarks.
  Planning on coming...
  Posted by: apgoss on Feb-03-14 11:17 PM (EST)
I am planning the same dates of the 1st weekend in May...nice to have in place so we can make plans!!

I am open to the N Fork of the White again...the Pulltite campground is so pretty in the fall...and I get the see the foliage colors and enjoy which I don't get to do by living down here on the TX coast.

Count me in...
Anita from TX
  I'm in
  Posted by: Rena on Feb-13-14 2:56 PM (EST)
I can't wait to see you all and any river will be fine. You know I love camping at Pultite so any chance to paddle there is a blessing. North Fork is good paddling--just wish we had more of a community arrangement for the camping, instead of all in a line.
  Dawt Mill dam
  Posted by: pblanc on Mar-07-14 11:13 AM (EST)
Does anyone know what the current status of the Dawt Mill dam is?

The owners of Dawt Mill closed their ramp to public access in May of 2012 so unless you are renting equipment from them or another livery, you can no longer park and take out (or put in) there.

The dam became breached in August of last year. I have not seen it since, but there are apparently at least 2 holes in it and at least 2 people swimming above the dam have been accidentally sucked through, one with significant injuries. I have been told that there is a lot of debris in the run out beneath the breaches, and most of the water is now flowing through the breach(es) and little or none going over the dam, so running the dam may not be an option.

I don't know if the owners of Dawt Mill will allow boaters to carry around the dam on their property over that bridge crossing the millrace anymore. It wasn't the easiest carry in the world, but it was doable. I seem to recall that some of us did that last spring, but I could be off by a year.

There used to be a chute far river right that one could line boats down, but apparently there is no water going through it now, and there has also been a large tree down blocking the approach to it. I don't have any idea what the carry around the dam on that side is like.

Has anyone been down to or around Dawt Mill dam since last August?
  It was last year
  Posted by: kayamedic on Mar-07-14 11:49 AM (EST)
-- Last Updated: Mar-07-14 11:56 AM EST --

that we carried around the dam. The last time I was there was last May so can't help there.

Pete I did see from Dawt Mills FB page that the ramp is open to the public for a five dollar per boat charge. Per your post there two days ago

  Will Have To Find Out
  Posted by: wildernesswebb on Mar-07-14 12:11 PM (EST)
-- Last Updated: Mar-07-14 12:13 PM EST --

But I have parked there in the past and paid the $5. I've also taken out at the bridge about a mile or so above. Hwy P or PP? The takeout is above on the other side of bridge on the opposite bank

  It is the PP bridge
  Posted by: pblanc on Mar-07-14 2:18 PM (EST)
But I don't recall there being much, if anything, in the way of parking there, but I have not investigated it much.

This short article, which came out last May when Dawt Mill announced closure of their ramp to the general public, discusses alternate access sites:

In addition to the PP bridge there is the Dawt Bridge area just downstream of the dam. Both of these sites involve private property. And there are the "approved" access sites at Patrick Bridge and Tecumseh at the north end of Norfork Lake.
  Thanks Kim
  Posted by: pblanc on Mar-07-14 12:13 PM (EST)
I had not seen that response.

Assuming it is accurate, the owners of Dawt Mill must have rescinded the policy they announced in May of 2012. They did get a lot of negative response to their announcement that they would no longer allow parking or river access to private boaters at their ramp, only their rental patrons or those of another livery.

I will call and see if they allow private boaters to portage around the breached dam over their millrace.
  We will be on our waay to Utah
  Posted by: kayamedic on Mar-08-14 8:40 AM (EST)
May 1-4 and can stop by. We wont have a suitable boat..I think our UL kevlar is not quite what the North Fork demands. We will be on the way to paddle both the Green and the Upper Missouri.

Of course we can rent.. I noticed a pile of plastic tubs at the campground last year.
  There will probably be a boat
  Posted by: pblanc on Mar-08-14 10:08 AM (EST)
I usually bring both a tandem and a solo boat as my wife does not usually want to paddle every day.

I should be bringing Terry's Esquif Mistral back to him as well and I suspect he would be willing to let you and Jim use it.
  Posted by: wildernesswebb on Mar-10-14 7:47 PM (EST)
I think you remember the boat:
Of course, I'm jealous, I want to go to the upper Missouri myself!
  I've got a
  Posted by: deuce on Mar-11-14 10:00 AM (EST)
seventeen foot Ouachita flat back with keel you're welcome to use. Even bring a trolling motor and battery for you. :) Serially, I'll likely have a tandem on the roof that you'll be welcome to if you don't mind paddling a purple boat.
  Posted by: kayamedic on Mar-11-14 7:45 PM (EST)
And at the put in and take out EVERYONE will disappear..

Maybe I can learn what it is and how to gig.
  Ha! If you tried gigging from
  Posted by: deuce on Mar-12-14 9:17 AM (EST)
that flat back canoe you'd be counting fish all day. I hate that thing. Technically it's not even mine but my BIL's, yet somehow it came to live in my back yard. Ah, family. I break it out occasionally when I need to put a bunch of people in boats.
  Posted by: peterj on Mar-12-14 11:32 PM (EST)
My lingering winter nap and ever-increasing oldtimers disease have left me unable to find the post that finalized the location for this get-together. Please help an old guy out. Is it the Current or the North Fork?
  North Fork
  Posted by: wildernesswebb on Mar-13-14 8:58 AM (EST)
Right here:
  Looking like
  Posted by: deuce on Mar-17-14 11:34 AM (EST)
May 1-3 for me. I'll plan to drive up early enough Thursday to get in a float and stay late enough Saturday to do the same. Looking forward to it!
  Early paddlers.......
  Posted by: pat2 on Mar-18-14 7:07 PM (EST)
-- Last Updated: Mar-18-14 7:15 PM EST --

If you are early and looking for someone to paddle with, the Prairie State Canoeists will be at Pulltite early in the week. They plan to paddle the Current Sunday and Monday. The Jacks Fork or Eleven Point on Tuesday. Travel to the Buffalo on Wednesday. Paddle the Buffalo Thurs, Fri, and Saturday. Here is their trip schedule. They are base camping and doing day floats. I am not a member and have not paddled with this group. I think their trips are very organized and require signing trip waivers, etc.

  Thanks for the info, Pat
  Posted by: pblanc on Mar-23-14 10:36 AM (EST)
I contacted the trip leader from Prairie State Canoeist Club regarding this trip and he welcomed other paddlers to join to facilitate shuttles and general safety. They do require signing a waiver.

Their tentative plan is to paddle the Current on Sunday, probably from Cedargrove to Pulltite (or Cedargrove to Akers) and Pulltite to Jerktail Landing or (Pulltite to Round Spring) on Monday.

If water permits, a likely trip for Tuesday is the Jack's Fork Buck Hollow to Rymers, or if not, a trip on the lower Jack's Fork or the Eleven Point.

I shall probably join them on Sunday and Monday and probably Tuesday (especially if their is enough water to do Buck Hollow to Rymers) then head to Twin Bridges late Tuesday afternoon.

Is anyone planning to arrive at Twin Bridges prior to Tuesday PM?
  Only about six weeks to go
  Posted by: vic on Mar-23-14 2:40 PM (EST)
and winter should be gone by then, but we came close to snow last year. :-(

My current plan is to arrive at Two Rivers some time Tuesday afternoon to settle in and leisurely set up camp.
  Twin Bridges
  Posted by: PamThePaddler on Mar-27-14 2:44 PM (EST)
Just called down to Twin Bridges to give them a heads up on when the group would be down.

Talked with Judy and she said the new restaurant is almost down (hopefully by the time we get there) if not they will still be serving food.

Bathrooms have been enclosed but they are still working on those as well. But all in all with the winter we have had they are making progress.

Can't wait to see everyone in about 4 weeks! Hopefully we'll start getting more Spring like weather. Our local weather guy says April should be warm, so that it good news, hopefully that will flow into early May.

See ya'll soon!
  Ms. Pam,
  Posted by: deuce on Mar-28-14 2:26 PM (EST)
do those of us who are tent (or tarp or hammock or whatevs) camping need to make a reservation? This is my first 'vous.
  Posted by: PamThePaddler on Mar-28-14 4:02 PM (EST)
They are pretty easy at Twin Bridges, of course reservations are appreciated but this time of year we don't usually have an issue. If you call talk with Judy 417-256-7507 and tell her you are with Ozark Rendezvous Group - fee is $ 8.00 per night, per person. Or when you get there stop at the store and pay. They typically put our group in the "field".

Hope this helps. If you have any other questions just let me know.

  Short time calendar
  Posted by: vic on Mar-30-14 1:46 PM (EST)
My short time calendar says the Rendezvous is only about four weeks away.

Four weeks. I can almost do four weeks standing on my head after this winter.

Time to put the racks back on the Subaru.
  Only a month?
  Posted by: pblanc on Mar-30-14 2:55 PM (EST)
If I don't eat for the next four weeks perhaps I can get into some of my larger paddling clothes.
  were having a party
  Posted by: yakjak on Mar-31-14 8:54 AM (EST)
everybody swinging , listening to the music , on the radio...havin a party... Im ready
  Posted by: kayamedic on Mar-31-14 11:16 AM (EST)
we got more snow and ice and the dirt roads have turned to soup with the frost coming out.

Its going to be a while till they firm up.. There is some six feet of frost in the ground.
  Request for boat moving
  Posted by: kayamedic on Apr-01-14 10:21 PM (EST)
-- Last Updated: Apr-02-14 11:29 AM EST --

Is there anyone from MN or WI or IA who has boat space going back north.

There's a fella in MN that wants to get a boat from NY state to the Midwest.

I'll be enroute to Utah so none of the above is on my itinerary though I can get the boat west of NY and possibly bring it to Rendezvous.

but it needs a ride back towards MN

  I put in for the fall week of oct 13
  Posted by: yakjak on Apr-02-14 10:00 AM (EST)
so im good for this year....
  Me Too!
  Posted by: PamThePaddler on Apr-02-14 7:34 PM (EST)
Jack - I already have my week for October back - so like you I am good to go. But not looking for summer to fly by, but I am looking forward to Spring Rendezvous! See you in a few weeks!
  Me Three
  Posted by: wildernesswebb on Apr-03-14 9:06 AM (EST)
Mine's already penciled in!
  I've got mine
  Posted by: vic on Apr-03-14 4:26 PM (EST)
I keep my calendar on my computer and sync it with my Blackberry. I've got both the Spring and Fall Rendezvous on my calendar set to repeat each year for the first Wednesday in May and the third Wednesday in October, with no expiration date. Well, except for my own expiration date whenever that may be :-)
  has anyone made reservations
  Posted by: yakjak on Apr-08-14 7:59 AM (EST)
I dont remember anyone saying they called..Im still not sure when i plan to arrive. probably sometime tuesday.
  Reservations, warming weather ...
  Posted by: puffingin on Apr-08-14 10:02 AM (EST)
This "wannajoinbut..." (refused to call myself a troll) keeps checking here and expects posts will really start to start flying in with only 3 weeks to go. I'll be watching for posts with pictures from the early arrivals and all. Have a great time and don't let thebob cast too many aspersions on those of you there to enjoy some good wholesome camping and paddling. Time to start organizing the potluck?
  Just hung up with the very nice lady.
  Posted by: deuce on Apr-08-14 11:22 AM (EST)
She said no reservation per se needed for camping with the group, but she does need to have an idea of when and how many so she'll be sure to have enough room for us but not over-allocate and end up wasting space she could have used for others. So, a phone call to let her know your situation is in order. Looking forward to it!
  last falls pot luck
  Posted by: yakjak on Apr-08-14 12:29 PM (EST)
was replaced with what we called a high tea ... but didnt anybody there had any hot or iced tea. I forgot to bring tea and the closest thing i had was sealed inside a bud light can (plural) cans.. it didnt taste as good as a pot luck but as best as i can remember nobody went back to their camp frowning...i can remember being suprised that i didnt trip over my guy lines .. that was odd
  Pot luck replaced?
  Posted by: on Apr-08-14 12:57 PM (EST)
-- Last Updated: Apr-08-14 1:04 PM EST --

I don't think that the pot luck was "replaced" by high tea. There was plenty of time for both to be enjoyed by all who cared to participate.

Bottom line; we, as a group, were too lazy to put forth the effort to organize, and do the cooking necessary to make the pot luck supper happen. That was not an accident; it was a concious decision on our part.

I missed having the pot luck supper; I'm sure others did as well.
It is so very easy to heed the siren call of the mom & pop greasy spoon down the road. Little effort required...........

The time to plan a pot luck for "this" year starts now.
High tea requires very little planning or effort.
It is therefore likely to reoccur.


  Casting aspersions?
  Posted by: on Apr-08-14 1:18 PM (EST)
-- Last Updated: Apr-08-14 3:44 PM EST --

It that similiar to a casting rod, casting characters for a play, casting lots, or casting the first stone?

What aspersions?
I didn't see any aspersions?

Ginny, when are you going to make an appearance at another Rendezvous; you rosy cheeked, smiley faced, Minnesota rabble rouser?


P.S. When have you ever known me to be anything other than wholesome, kind hearted, caring, trustworthy, noble, & sharing?

  First of all
  Posted by: vic on Apr-08-14 3:05 PM (EST)
First of all congratulations to Bob for his post "Have a cell phone stuck in your ear?" with 44 responses. I believe that is his highest score ever. Some people on that post seemed to get riled up. You could tell they've never been to a Rendezvous. If they had they would have known that the post was just Bob stirring some shit because the weather was too poor to paddle and he was just bored.

Second of all regarding last year's pot luck or lack thereof. Considering the level of "high" in last year's high tea, I doubt many of us would have been able to get to a pot luck had there been one.

If Bob brings Mescal again I believe the result will be the same, and all that pot luck stuff will just turn bad in the coolers. :-)
  Under the Advice part
  Posted by: kayamedic on Apr-08-14 3:54 PM (EST)
the closest cell phone service is up the hill toward Dora.

Bob musta shrunk his thong.
  Posted by: deuce on Apr-08-14 4:04 PM (EST)
Just reread the post asking whether anyone made reservations. Perhaps it should have asked whether anyone HAD reservations as I'm beginning to develop some.
  Last year we didn't know when we
  Posted by: kayamedic on Apr-08-14 4:17 PM (EST)
were leaving and hence weren't sure when we were arriving. So we did not reserve any campsite.

Just showed up. Its a big field. People coming during the weekend balanced with those leaving as it literally poured rain for a couple of days and was darned cold. Some of us wimps bailed from tents and rented a "cottage-er trailer" ( which was actually very nice!)
  Posted by: deuce on Apr-09-14 9:30 AM (EST)
I began to have them right around the time I read the first thong comment.
  In context thong is funny
  Posted by: kayamedic on Apr-09-14 10:59 AM (EST)
I doubt there is a thong around..Depends..perhaps. Many of us are grandparents and there is no carousing to excess.. messes up our meds. And people go to bed as most older people do..early.
  We've rendezvoused with several
  Posted by: kayamedic on Apr-08-14 7:32 PM (EST)
paddling groups and decided that the Ozarkers are the best.

I'll remember to bring two extra sleeping bags this year too.

SOMEONE forgot theirs last spring!
  Posted by: on Apr-08-14 4:35 PM (EST)
Damn! That one that came out of left field & took me by surprise!

My body has never indulged in the sensation of wearing a thong. Rest assured it never shall.
Thongs are NOT in anybody's best interest in my opinion!
Actually kind of creepy........

  Posted by: on Apr-08-14 4:15 PM (EST)
Re: cellphone post

Firstly, I was attempting to gather scientific data for the Statistics for the Behavioral Science Class I teach at Washout Institute, Inc.
If there had been any flippancy intended in my post; I would have titled the post, "Stick it in your ear"!

Secondly, PJC and I were quietly listening to a string quartet, playing chamber music, after all others had retreated from high tea, due to their incapacitation.

I clearly remember remarking to PJC, "My friend, it appears we have been left to our own devices by our light weight, high tea bretheren". His retort, "A pity, I had a fine souffle I planned to cook for the pot luck, and had also considered the possibility of whipping up some cherries jubilee".
Alas, we had to settle for the hot wings, cheese & French bread I had brought for the pot luck. The mezcal having been consumed earlier(nothing left but the worm); we washed down our repast with a fine selection of beer & ale from Capital Brewery.
I may have played some Tedeschi/Truck Blues Band selections shortly thereafter. I vaguely remember my better half inquiring if I might turn down the volume. Or perhaps it was Pam; they are both like minded lightweights.

Shortly thereafter, PJC & I adjourned for the evening. Shortly after we did the local coyotes created quite a stir. I don't know what they were complaining about?
Perhaps they wanted more of the Tedeschi/Trucks Band?
Surely it was not the sedate chamber music! But you never know about those coyotes............

Seriously, gospel truth,

  Mud season is more widespread
  Posted by: kayamedic on Apr-08-14 4:19 PM (EST)
than I thought and perhaps as deep or deeper in Missouri than Maine.

I'm going forth now to sink my car.
  Posted by: pblanc on Apr-08-14 4:33 PM (EST)
you should not have eaten that worm, Bob.
  Today I am bored............
  Posted by: on Apr-08-14 4:51 PM (EST)
-- Last Updated: Apr-08-14 5:04 PM EST --

I mean "really" bored!

Early this morning it all looked like a GO!
The boss was at work, and had a meeting after work.
The handy man arrived early to begin work on an addition to our gazebo.
I had a lengthy, motorcylce ride planned.

Then the rain began......again. Doesn't that sound like a song title to you?

Handy man does not work in rain; I applaud his common sense.
Motorcycle ride cancelled; I applaud my own common sense.
Now all I have to look forward to this evening is woodworker's club meeting. While most of the members are skilled craftsman(unlike myself); they are not exactly balls of fire in the fun & entertainment category.

Endure & endeavour to perservere, I will.........

Did that sound like Yoda to you too?

P.S. Deep "MUD"? I blame deep mud on the people I most ofter hang out with........paddlers.
Eating worms from mezcal bottles; I leave that to the uninitiated, cheap thrill takers. Everytime I hear cheap thrills I think of Janis, RIP.

  Need another indoor hobby
  Posted by: puffingin on Apr-08-14 5:21 PM (EST)
Bob, it sounds like you need another fulfilling indoor hobby to fill the gaps created when you can't get out to paddle or ride your bike. I first thought to suggest quilting to you but realize it might not be right. Might just bore or frustrate you further if you try to compete with a much more experience quilter in the house. Then I hit on a hobby that would not only be productive but allow some exercise: weaving. Bob the Weaver, got a nice ring to it, doesn't it? Get yourself a nice big loom. Make space in a storage area by getting rid of one or two of those canoes you are hoarding and not using (admit it now: how many times have each been out on the water in the last year?). Set that loom up, once you've got the thread, get it warped or loaded, use a pattern or create your own, and begin throwing that shuttle (the device holding the welt; types include stick, boat, or end find shuttles). You could even weave one of those garments kayamedic was mentioning. whatever it is. Good luck fighting the boredom.
  Posted by: on Apr-08-14 6:03 PM (EST)
-- Last Updated: Apr-09-14 12:05 AM EST --

I don't think so; I may just have to suffer.
The quilter in the family is also the family weaver, on a loom that I built for her. She makes some very nice rugs.

The lake near our home has over 2,000 miles of shoreline. Don't tell anyone; I solo there on occasion when weather cooperates. Work out at gym a couple of days a week, shoot longbow on archery range, and am involved with wood worker's and caver's clubs. Recently bought hybrid bicycle which I intend to put some miles on this year. Getting somewhat reinvolved with photography again.

My real problem is that I am not always able to do that which I want to do, when I want to do it, and am prone to complain needlessly. Some call that spoiled; they may be correct in that assumption?. No doubt, vast numbers of people have much more to seriously complain about than I.
Retirement has been a great freedom giver to me.

Take care Ginny,

  The hell with Potluck!
  Posted by: PamThePaddler on Apr-08-14 11:08 PM (EST)
I will keep this short and sweet. Potluck is a pain in the ass, high tea is much better!! I vote for high tea every night!
  Posted by: PamThePaddler on Apr-08-14 11:10 PM (EST)
Stop complaining and get your ass down to the Saint this weekend and we'll get some whitewater paddling in!
  Pam can u explain what the rules
  Posted by: kayamedic on Apr-08-14 11:21 PM (EST)
for High Tea are?

I've been to three Rendezvous and am still figuring out the ground rules..

I don't recall seeing High Tea anywhere but maybe I have not watched correctly. You see I was preoccupied with Digger who my live dog fell in love with last year.
  High Tea rules................
  Posted by: on Apr-09-14 12:36 AM (EST)
-- Last Updated: Apr-09-14 12:46 PM EST --

High Tea rules?
We ain't got no rules.
We don't need no stinking rules.

The instigators of High Tea in the past were Pam & JoAnne. They typically break out snacks & bottles of wine. Shazam, it's that time again!
It typically happens like I imagine spontaneous combustion might.
Those who are "easily misled" are typically well represented.

You have to be in the right place at the right time to see it start. Taking part in a High Tea session is strictly voluntary; you may "bail out" at any time, for any reason. Some non participants have been know to run in the opposite direction(shouting run away, run away; like Monty Python), when they see it about to start. Others do the slow drive by, which is similiar to the slow drive by done at the scene of a bad wreck on the highway.

Hint: Pam is receiving a "gift" from JoAnne & me at the Rendezvous.
If you are unable to recognize a High Tea session; the gift may assist you in doing so. this, don't do that, can't you read the sign...........

High Tea is in no way associated with the herb so many states now see fit to sell to increase government revenue. Nor is it associated with any prescription drugs, non prescription drugs, or the #1 choice of Missouri's every growing number of tweakers.

It is not good form to show up at High Tea with
empty hands, and the expectation of free flowing samples.

Press Agent, Promotions & Information Specialist for Pam.
Grand High Priestess of High Tea

P.S We are looking forward to having Rob regale us with tales from his participation in this year's Ain't Louie Fest. I am particularly interested in the stories behind his "out of boat experiences" on the Ocoee river, and at the base of Baby Falls. Oh please Rob; tell us about the Ocoee & Baby Falls! :^)

  Anyone Coming From Out West?
  Posted by: wildernesswebb on Apr-16-14 10:54 PM (EST)
Debating on a couple canoes and would sure like to pick one up out west. Anyone coming from west of KC?
  Not at Rendezvous
  Posted by: kayamedic on Apr-16-14 11:01 PM (EST)
We will return from Utah/Montana at the end of May with space for one boat.
  Can't make it this spring
  Posted by: vic on Apr-20-14 11:49 AM (EST)
I'm going to have to bow out of this year's Spring Rendezvous. I have some things to handle here that can't be put off. Nothing tragic, but must be done now.

I expect to see lots of photos and hear lots of stories about what transpires.

See y'all next fall, however I will be looking for chances to get to the Ozarks this summer.

Have fun, and think of me at "high tea"
  Sorry to Hear that.
  Posted by: rhow on Apr-20-14 3:40 PM (EST)
-- Last Updated: Apr-21-14 7:42 AM EST --

Not just cuz now I'll have to wake myself up and make my own coffee or that I'll have to find someone else to shuttle with.
I hope your plan changer works out for you!

  Too bad
  Posted by: pblanc on Apr-20-14 5:40 PM (EST)
Sorry you can't make it, Vic. It sounded as if you were looking forward to it quite a bit.
  Posted by: wildernesswebb on Apr-21-14 8:05 PM (EST)
Maybe you can make a trip down here later? Will miss you, my friend!
  The office interferes
  Posted by: kayamedic on Apr-20-14 5:53 PM (EST)
We can't leave Connecticut before a week from Tuesday.. That makes us too late to get to RV.. a three day drive.

Jim and I will miss it and you.
  Posted by: pblanc on Apr-21-14 7:32 AM (EST)
Sorry you and Jim won't be able to make it, Kim. Have a safe trip west.
  We will miss you Vic!
  Posted by: PamThePaddler on Apr-21-14 9:19 PM (EST)
Vic, so sorry to hear that. If you can make it down this summer let us know and we'll see if we can hook up.
Dick - Rob and I will shuttle you - no worries (but you will have to make your own coffee). LOL

Getting excited to see everyone but will miss the folks who can't make it, hope to see those folks in the fall.

Counting down the days till vacation, only 4 more! Then whitewater clinic at The Saint (please pray for some rain), then Rendezvous, life couldn't be better!

See ya'll,
  Circumstances have conspired
  Posted by: deuce on Apr-24-14 1:13 PM (EST)
yet again to prevent me from attending. I'll be at the fall rendezvous. Dagnabbit.
  Should be in the area tomorrow sometime
  Posted by: yakjak on Apr-28-14 8:10 AM (EST)
Sorry to hear Vic isn't coming .. Hopefully weather won't be an issue .. Depending on how my old dog acts for the Misses ,will determine how long I can stay..
  I am back in Evansville
  Posted by: pblanc on Apr-28-14 9:44 AM (EST)
-- Last Updated: Apr-28-14 9:45 AM EST --

Because of the threat of storms and tornadoes yesterday, I drove back to Indiana from the Buffalo yesterday. The folks from Prairie State Canoeists that Dick and I were planning to paddle with cancelled their plans for the Current.

Dick might be arriving at Twin Bridges on Tuesday PM. I suspect I will get there Wednesday AM but I am hoping I can talk Mary into getting up early enough to arrive in time to paddle on Wednesday, by 10 AM or so.

The gauge for the Jacks Fork above Mountain View is at 500 cfs right now and may be starting to level. With the possibility of rain today and tomorrow I am hoping it will hold at a good level for Wednesday and possibly Thursday.

Does anyone want to try to make plans to paddle either the Prongs or another section of the upper Jacks Fork on Wednesday? If so, Mary and I would go straight to the put in before going to Twin Bridges.

  Late to the party but
  Posted by: fwalburg on Apr-28-14 9:33 AM (EST)
have always wanted to paddle Ozark rivers and meet the rendzevous folks. Looks like this year I can. Will arrive Wed afternoon for the fun! Frank
  Posted by: pblanc on Apr-28-14 9:37 AM (EST)
Haven't seen you for a while, Frank. You will love the Missouri Ozark streams.

With rainstorms yesterday and the possibility of rain today and tomorrow, there is a good chance the upper Jacks Fork will be running. The north fork of the White River and Bryant's Creek should have decent water also.
  Weather forecast.............
  Posted by: on Apr-28-14 10:58 AM (EST)
The long term weather forecast for the area looks pretty good through sunday, but as we all know, the weather is subject to change.

We will likely not be there before thursday.
Length of stay is impossible to predict.
Will be determined by condition of my recent(damn poor timing) back injury.

  Better load the sleeping bags now, Bob.
  Posted by: Yanoer on Apr-28-14 1:21 PM (EST)
  Damn it Bob
  Posted by: vic on Apr-28-14 1:40 PM (EST)
You should have learned to "baby" your back by now. NO heavy lifting etc. for at least one month before any Rendezvous :-)

Seriously, I know how much pain a nerve injury in the back can be. I hope it's not too bad. Take care of yourself.

And as Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger said: "Take it easy, but take it."
  Hi Pete
  Posted by: fwalburg on Apr-28-14 4:17 PM (EST)
I've been tilting at other windmills lately but have missed paddling. Would like to join you on Wed but have no idea when I'll leave Ohio Tue. I'm waiting for some tent parts overnight delivery. They put some incorrect parts in the pole bag. Frank
  Wednesday paddle
  Posted by: pblanc on Apr-28-14 5:52 PM (EST)
Frank, the Jacks Fork River peaked a short time ago at just shy of 600 cfs. There is a possibility of rain in the area the next couple of days so I am hoping it will hold for a paddle on the upper Jacks Fork on Wednesday morning.

I am planning to drive to the area Wednesday morning and go to a place called Buck Hollow on the Jacks Fork aiming to get there around 10 AM. I hope to meet some other folks there. Buck Hollow is where highway 17 crosses the Jacks Fork River just north and slightly east of the small town of Mountain View. Mountain View is situated on highway 60 which is the main drag going east/west across southern MO. It is pretty much situated on your way to Twin Bridges if you are coming from Ohio. It is less than an hour away from Twin Bridges.

If you think there is a possibility you could get there Wednesday morning let me know. We will have to check the river level and decide which section to paddle. If you don't think you can make it but need directions to Twin Bridges, send me a PM with your email.
  Hitting the road
  Posted by: PJC on Apr-28-14 7:52 PM (EST)
before the sun tomorrow morning. Cat and house sitters are engaged. Hope to be out of Wisconsin as the sun rises and be at Twin Bridges in time to get set up before dark. And be paddle-ready Wed. I just got a call and Casita Anita is en route coming from Virginia. Hope she misses the storms that are seeming to be hitting hard along the Mississippi and east just now.

I trust there was no outlandish tornado damage in the Twin Bridges area and no major flooding expected.

Bob, I'll be happy to help JoAnne lift and carry for you as needed. (But I'll not paddle youse guys down the river - a fellow has to draw a line somewhere, you know.) If that won't work to get you on the water, I have a big pile of books to keep you occupied until you either recover or become a couch potato, camp chair spud, or whatever.

Hope to see some of you around a camp fire tomorrow night!

Drive safe everyone. That's the dangerous part, of course.
  Thanks Pat!
  Posted by: on Apr-28-14 9:15 PM (EST)
I am going to try to paddle.
The problem is not going away as quickly as I wish. Timing is abolutely terrible.
The last time this occurred; it required 6 weeks of physical therapy.......

Don't relish idea of lollygagging in camp & reading.
Have been looking forward to paddling with our great group of paddlers for months.
Thought my karma was in pretty good condition; obviously not.

Everybody be careful on the road!
  Heading out Wed AM
  Posted by: loon on Apr-28-14 11:06 PM (EST)
Looking forward to seeing and paddling with everyone. I couldn't talk Doug into driving down. He's still busy working on his house. Maybe the fall rendezvous. I hope.

  Posted by: vic on Apr-28-14 11:40 PM (EST)
Wish I was able to join y'all. Be safe driving around the country to get there, I know you'll have fun once you do whether you paddle much or not.

Take care of that back Bob. I am going to try to get to the Ozarks to go paddling before the Fall Rendezvous, so keep me informed on any trips before then.
  Sorry Vic
  Posted by: rhow on Apr-29-14 9:08 AM (EST)
You'll be missed!
  Jacks Fork
  Posted by: pblanc on Apr-29-14 9:22 AM (EST)
The Jacks Fork peaked yesterday at just under 600 cfs on the Buck Hollow gauge and is down to around 400 cfs this AM. Judging from the trajectory of decline, it looks as if it should be running at least 200 cfs or so tomorrow AM even if there is no additional rain today or tonight. I think that should be sufficient to run either the Prongs section down to Buck Hollow (6.8 miles) or the Buck Hollow to Rymers section (9.4 miles). Either would be fine with me.

Some of us are planning to meet at the Buck Hollow access around 10 AM and we can work out what to do at that time. If you want to join us, take highway 17 north off of US Rte 60 at the east end of Mountain View and drive 3.6 miles to the river. The access road is a right turn right before you cross the river.
  Taking the Dogs....
  Posted by: wildernesswebb on Apr-29-14 9:56 AM (EST) the kennel today and we were planning on leaving tomorrow am. The Jack's Fork Run looks promising, but I'd be a little hesitant to leave Brian's boat on the truck? And, since I won't have the Reflection to paddle until Friday I think we'd best just plan on going to Twin Bridges tomorrow and set up camp? Have a good trip!
  Brian's boat
  Posted by: pblanc on Apr-29-14 3:33 PM (EST)
If Brian's boat is your main concern, Mary does not plan to paddle tomorrow and will stay with my truck. We can put another boat on my rack if you want to paddle.
  Tempting, But.....
  Posted by: wildernesswebb on Apr-29-14 10:46 PM (EST)
....every Rendezvous we get up early and rush around the day we leave. Tomorrow, we're going to get up, drink our coffee, and leisurely finish packing and get there tomorrow afternoon. Thanks anyway, Pete!
  Hey Terry ...
  Posted by: vic on Apr-30-14 1:14 AM (EST)
Yeah, right :-)
  Rendezvous "Weather Syndrome"
  Posted by: wildernesswebb on Apr-30-14 10:35 AM (EST)
Just got boats loaded in between showers, need to warm up with more coffee! Heheheh, Margaret just pointed out that last week it was beautiful. For Rendezvous week we started with flash floods over here and right now it's cold, rainy, and windy; weatherman says 10-15 degrees below normal for a few more days. Saturday it's supposed to begin warming up to normal and be beautiful next week.

I think we should "Sneak" up on the Spring Rendezvous next year and not let it know we're coming (LOL)!

  Terry, can you imagine
  Posted by: vic on Apr-30-14 1:28 PM (EST)
this group being quiet about an approaching Rendezvous in order to sneak up on it? I know I couldn't. Part of the fun is in anticipating the Rendezvous and sharing that anticipation with each other.

Stay warm. Stay dry. Post plenty of photos. And have fun.
  Time to rent a trailer?
  Posted by: kayamedic on Apr-30-14 2:22 PM (EST)


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