Saturday, June 25, 2016

An afternoon off in Simsbury and Tville - June 23, 2016

Drake Hill Flower Bridge
It doesn’t happen often, in fact it’s never happened before, but it’s nice when my work schedule and paddling schedule align.  It happened on Thursday when I had a morning meeting in Simsbury, and then was able to take the afternoon off. 

The afternoon started with a flatwater paddle on the Farmington River in Simsbury.  I put in at the Route 185 Bridge and paddled down to the Drake Hill Flower Bridge.  It’s a pretty section of river that would be perfect for a RICKA Flatwater trip.  Everyone seems to know the Route 185 put-in as the one with the big tree – the Gifford Pinchot Sycamore, which is the largest tree in CT.

Heublein Tower
Visible on the ridge high above the river is the Heublein Tower in the Talcott Mountain State Park.  After the paddle I still had some time to kill before heading over to Tville, so I decided to hike up.  It’s a mile and a half in, and almost 1,000 feet up, but definitely worth the trip.  The views from the ridge of the valley below are great, and from the tower you can get a great view of Hartford. 

By the time I got back to the car it was time to head over to Tville for a Thursday night run with the CTAMC.  The river was low – 1.35 feet, 400 cfs, but still fun. Here's a view from the sidelines of some to the surfers in the playhole. I did get in there once – got spun around and filled up the boat, but didn’t swim, so I figured I’d quit while I was ahead.  


Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Pawcatuck – Richmond to Bradford - June 12, 2016

I joined the RICKA flatwater crew for a trip on the Pawcatuck River. We did the section from Richmond to Bradford, which is almost like two different rivers. Above it’s convergence with the Wood River in Alton, the Pawcatuck is narrow with lots of twists and turns. Below Alton, it is big and flat with the Burdickville Dam providing the only excitement. The river was low, but still fluid  - 100 cfs, 2.3 feet on the Wood River Junction gage

Below the Burdickville Dam

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Assabet - Acton to Concord - June 4, 2016

We had a nice group for our annual RICKA trip on the Assabet River.  We ran the section from Acton to Concord.  The river was definitely low (1.6 feet, 35 cfs), so we got some new scratches on the composite boats.  The Damondale Dam was runnable on the left.  There were lots of blowdowns, but we only had to portage one, and we probably would have made it over that one if there was more water.  Would have been a great level for poling.

Running the broken dam at Damondale