Jan 1st - BCC Feast At The Beach. In the LL Stomper 80. 6 of us paddled the Mulberry at 1/2 a foot. Weather freezin-azz cold, maybe 20F? Alex S. got a great roll at Lunchstop. Then we had chili around a nice bonfire at the takeout. Photos here.
Jan 5 - Locust. Level 2.1. In the LL Stomper 80. To Swann. Sunny and in the low 30's. Icicles on the rocks, and iced over eddies. With Norma L. and Josh H. Josh let me try his new medium Pyranha Ripper from Double Trouble to the beach across from Austin Creek. Sweet boat! Photos here.
|Icicles on the Locust Fork|
Then I drove to Mary M's house, and had dinner with her at the Hoppy Trout in Andrews.
Jan 21 - Demo medium Ripper, Nantahala, thanks to NOC for the demo!
Jan 22 - Aimee Mann at the Lyric Theater. Great show! My first visit to the Lyric. Fantastic venue.
Feb 3-4 - Locust Fork Races. I did not race. I did spectate. Sunday the river had come up so the set of gates below the last hole were very entertaining. Most racers flipped there. Most rolled, too. Some flipped and rolled a few times. I wish I had taken video.
Dry weather spell... then... RAIN
Feb 10 - Mulberry take-out. In the Dagger Axiom 8.5. With William who let me demo his Axiom. Weather forecast had a flash flood watch so we just goofed around at 5-0 instead of running the river.
Feb 11 - Graves Creek and Calvert Prong. In the LL Stomper. With Andy, James, Riley, and others on Graves. Andy, James, Matthew and others on Calvert. We had a bad strainer incident. Graves is a cool little creek that needs wood cut out. Portages, carnage. I swam at the strainer. Calvert is clear of wood and delightful as always. Level on the Locust high, 7-8 ft. Locust portion of Graves was tall wave trains.
Feb 16-18 Grotto Getaway. At Maranatha camp. Really nice place for our SERA! I stayed in a hogan with the Howells, Andy and Gary. Ridgewalk on Saturday in the mist and rain, I found a blowing lead high in elevation that we are excited about returning to.
Feb 18 Locust Fork. In the LL Stomper. With Clayton and Kahyee, Lynn. Many folks on the river. Level in the 3.5 range, which is a good filled in medium. Weather in the low to mid- 60's, sunny at first, then cloudy. I was happy to wear the drysuit.