April 29, 2015

Low Head Dams

This innocuous looking low head dam took the lives of two people last Saturday.  One was a recreational kayaker who reportedly did not have on a life vest.  The second was a volunteer member of a rescue unit sent to help.


We paddlers call low head dams "drowning machines".    Here is a presentation about why they are so dangerous:

April 28, 2015

Thinking of Joni Mitchell

I am filled with sadness over her illness.  Here she is in my favorite example of her magnificent, gorgeous voice, her guitar, her lyrics, everything.


Upper Nantahala in my Hyside paddlecat

Upper Nanty in Hyside paddlecat from Dangerjudy on Vimeo

The reported level on the Cascades was 650, and the Lower Nanty was reported as 1400, and the put-in sidewalk was covered with water, so it was plenty, and a good level for the paddlecat.

April 22, 2015