Saturday, June 17, 2017

First swim of 2017 – Tville - June 15, 2017

Last year, my first swim of the year was on January 1st, and I swam again before the month was out.  This year it took a little longer, but I finally had my first swim of 2017.

With Father’s Day and rainy weather, I knew it would be tough to get out this weekend, so I decided to join the local AMC group on their Thursday night run at Tville.  Tville is a short but fun trip at this level - 1.7 feet, 600 cfs.  It has some nice surf spots above the Gorge, and a couple of pool drops in the Gorge.  The highlight of the trip for most is the playhole.


To be honest, I usually skip the playhole and focus on taking pictures.  I had tried it once before at about the same level, bounced around for a few seconds before backing out with the boat still upright, and considered myself lucky.  It didn’t look too bad on Thursday, so I decided to give it a try again.  

I ventured in and the boat immediately got swung around sideways.  I side-surfed for a couple of seconds before doing a couple of forward strokes to get myself out.  I was almost out when the boat hit the stronger downstream current that the edge of the hole, shifted upstream, and over I went. 

Over I go in the Playhole
I gave the boat a good push thinking that would get it over to the eddy, but in the strong current it continued downstream – and me with it.  I decided that I had better focus on getting myself to shore, which I did.  My boat went over the next drop before the crew as able to push it into an eddy. 

Even with the swim, it was another fun trip, and I reamain captain of the swim team for 2017! From Tom (canoeswithduckheads) on P-net:

There's a vortex in which the little yaks squirt,
and twist and flip roll play,
with bipolar tale they flail and flail,
wave-to-wave they glide away,

but for big gnu this just won't do,
whilst in their one-legged doggy paddle,
with a sideways buck they often like to chuck,
into the trough riders from the saddle.

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