Sunday, June 28, 2015

Upper Winni - June 27, 2015

I was debating trying a first run on the Lower Winni, but decided to wait for lower water.  Instead, I did a couple of runs on the Upper Winni with the Boston AMC.

We ran the section of the Winnipesaukee River from Tilton Road (actually Shaker Street) to Riverfront Park.  This is one of the first trips that I did with NHAMC when I started whitewater paddling back in 2007.  With the summer release, the level was around 960 cfs. 

The river starts off with quickwater, and gradually turns to class I/II rapids.  Gates were set up in the first major rapid (First Trestle and Cribworks) for the Winni Slalom.  I did a pretty good job getting through.  After that is Second Trestle and the rapids below the School Street Bridge. Easy run, but still fun.

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Monday, June 15, 2015

RICKA Flatwater Training - June 14, 2015

I helped out with the annual RICKA Flatwater Training at Stump Pond.  Thirteen participants learned strokes and assisted rescues.  I did three wet exits, and got back into my boat twice.  On my first attempt, I rolled in on one side, and rolled out on the other taking my partner with me.  I got three people back in their boats on the first attempt – always good to practice.

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Sunday, June 14, 2015

Big River – June 13, 2015

I made a last minute decision to join the RICKA trip at the Big River.  I arrived just as the group was heading out, and paddled back alone after lunch so I could make it home for afternoon activities.  I think Frank put it best when he said "whoever named this Big River has never paddled it". So true, but it is a fun trip with lots of twists and turns.

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Providence and Woonasquatucket Rivers - June 12, 2015

We had a nice group for the “Paddled into History” trip on the Providence and Woonasquatucket Rivers with the WoonasquatucketRiver Watershed Council.  I was the historical tour guide and spoke about the history of Providence and its links tot the industrial development of the Blackstone River Valley.

Pointing out a local landmark - hope I got my facts straight!
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Sunday, June 7, 2015

Providence River - June 7, 2015

I’ll be leading a "Paddle into History" trip for the Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council on the Providence River on Friday.  They asked me to talk about the history of Providence, so I decided to head down to the river for some inspiration.  When I arrived at the South Water Street Landing, the area was mobbed with people – absolutely no place to park.  I ended up parking on North Main Street. I felt a little like the PARI guys as I carried my canoe down Steeple Street to the river.  It was a nice day on the water, and a great day for pictures.