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  Raquette Falls Carry
  Posted by: plaidpaddler on Jun-13-13 12:43 AM (EST)

The stone stairs at the take out aren't bad on a trip,but on the 90 Miler after the first ten boats hit the carry, the steps are wet and slippery. No way to change that. In 2004 the water was really high and there was no beach to land on. You got out and your boat was still floating. The rangers were directing traffic up the stairs. You had to carry up the stairs upright and with all your stuff in the boat. You could unload up the hill where it gets wider. Theycalled our turn and we picked up the canoe. GW was on the second step when a canoe came into shore at speed and put their bow right between my legs, sending me and the stern of the canoe to the ground. It toppled GW off the stairs with the canoe on top of her. I thought she was going to break a leg or come down on the rocks sideways. The Ranger taking boat numbers was below her and just had enough time to put his hand up to slow her fall.Said it was the first time she was glad to feel a strange man's hand on her But. Another Ranger grabbed the bow of the canoe as I got the stern on my shoulders and practically dragged me and the canoe up the stairs with GW following behind. I ended up single carrying the rest of the way, with GW taking the gear.
Not our best day on the river, but one trip across Raquette Falls Carry we will never forget.

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