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We put in at Skinners Falls at 9:30 and had no trouble running the mild class II. We traveled on for about an hour and stopped for a Muktuk to rest and to discuss the many eagles overhead.
Just before arriving at the Narrowsburg access, we stopped to take pictures, one being of a huge eagleís nest high in an evergreen tree. There were two very large eagles in the nest, occasionally popping up to stretch their wings.
Past Narrowsburg, school was definitely in session for me. I watched on as the skillful Duckheads gracefully carved through the many low water riffles. I was beginning to think that Paul and Donna received special X-Ray glasses when they became Duckheads. It wasnít the glasses, it was the skill theyíve obtained from many miles on the river. We stopped again for a Floating Muktuk and to rescue their dog, Tipper which had jumped out of Paulís boat.
About four hours into the trip we stopped for the final Muktuk and to have a bite to eat. Here Duckheads shared their river reading secrets with me. I immediately implemented their tactics and the improvement was forthcoming.
We got back to the Ten Mile River access about 2:30 and had a nice long chat with the NPS Park Ranger stationed there.
I am very grateful to Paul and Donna for deciding to make this trip. None of us will ever become as good as we can be by paddling alone all of the time.
URCHIN Portable Anchor
Paddler's Truck Rack
YakCatcher Rod Holder