|Folks at BCC Feast On The Beach 2019|
Jan 2 Upper and Lower Mulberry. LL Stomper 80. Trip report I posted that evening: "Mulberry was a nice float today, raining, streambeam gauge was 3.2, gauge on the old bridge was just under 3, and new painted gauge on the newer bridge was 2.5.
It was a bit higher than I prefer, as most of the features I goof around in were either not in at all, or munchier than I wanted to mess with.
There was nothing at Glen Clark Memorial, no wave at Training Wheels, Lunchstop was pretty big and dynamic, and 5-0 was a green wave and hard to catch.
There is a tree with branches hanging down on the river right side of the surf wave on the other side of the island from Glen Clark. Andy Lee and Lynn had cut out some of the branches last year, and the ones there now may not be in play at lower levels. At the level today, they made it impossible to get in the only surfing spot.
A blue Perception Blast sit-in rec kayak is river left on the shore below Lunchstop. We had seen it pinned in some trees there a couple days ago at the level of 4.5 on the streambeam gauge. It was mostly submerged in the eddy when we arrived, and Joel pulled it out of the water and drained it. We stashed it where it *might* not get taken downstream again unless there's another flood stage. It has a big hole in the side and a small hole in the hull; it could be repaired."
Jan 3 Ridgewalk above Skyline.
Jan 5 Upper and Lower Mulberry. A blue Perception Blast sit-in rec kayak is river left on the shore below Lunchstop. We had seen it pinned in some trees there a couple days ago at the level of 4.5 on the streambeam gauge. It was mostly submerged in the eddy when we arrived, and Joel pulled it out of the water and drained it. We stashed it where it *might* not get taken downstream again unless there's another flood stage. It has a big hole in the side and a small hole in the hull; it could be repaired."
Jan 3 Ridgewalk above Skyline. With Dave H., his daughter Shay, and her boyfriend Kristopher. Mild temps, very productive ridgewalk, several great leads! Then a visit to Unclaimed Baggage where I miraculously didn't buy anything (too tired to shop).
Jan 5 Upper and Lower Mulberry. LL Stomper 80.Level was just under 4ft. on the old bridge gauge, which I believe was accurate for the conditions observed. Warm day, mild water temps, 22 people in our group and there was another group meeting a hour later! Unfortunately a car was broken into at the Upper Mulberry putin (CR 10). My car was at the BCC beach parking and was spared.
Jan 12 Mulberry. LL Stomper 80. 1.5 on gauges. Warm, wonderful day soul surfing. Joel and Janice, Kent, OC1-Kanubi and his friend visiting, Riley in the triple X.
Jan 19 Mulberry. LL Stomper 80. Warm day, around 60. 1.5 on gauges. Tomorrow supposed to be very cold. With Andy and Lynn, Joel and Janice, Riley, and Bill.
Jan 24 High Museum Atlanta, Yayoi Kusama Infinity Mirrors Exhibit. With Josh, Li, and Donna. Photos here.
Jan 27 Archery. At Hoover tactical, with my new bow, with James and Shahn.
|James made a string and silencers for me|
Feb 2 Stephen's Gap. Several friends celebrating February birthdays together. I got to visit with Joy C. as well. Pics here.
Feb 3 Tellico 1.8. In the LL Stomper 80. Weather temps mild; water temps cold! With Steve I. and Wendy A. Turkey Creek to Pylon. There is a tree blocking the bridge rapid putin.
Feb 4 Walls of Jericho ridgewalk. With Dave H. We found some interesting leads, including a sink with two leads that I checked online later to find they were already reported on the survey.
Feb 15-17 Grotto Getaway. At Camp Maranatha. Ridgewalk on Saturday was the least productive I've ever been on. Not a lead, sink, doline, or IKF. Well, now we know.
Feb 23 Ridgewalk. With David H. and Matthew K. We dug open a blowing lead I found the previous year, but no luck. Had some fun in briars and brambles afterwards.
Feb 23 Kelly Creek. In the LL Stomper 80. One lap with Ming, Lynn, and Barry. Level 2.5.
March 2-3 Mulberry Fork Canoe and Kayak Races. I was the Gate Judge coordinator for the second year. We had a mud waller... level Saturday was in the 3.5 foot range and Sunday 3 foot.
March 9 Greenbriar 1.4. With The Lost Tribe. In the LL Stomper 80. We drove there from a cabin in Tellico Plains, with the belief that 1.5 was the minimum, but it was 1.4 when we got there. We went anyway. Great time in one of my favorite runs. No flips on my part but a few of the canoeists had some swims. I agree that 1.5 is a minimum. Pics HERE.
This weekend is Ain't Louie Fest but unlike past years I only got to paddle one day. Tellico is blown out 4 + feet, Whites was 5.5 ft. this morning.
March 23 Tellico 1.8 ft. In the Jackson Nirvana. I demoed this 9 ft. creeker and found it much different than any other boat I have ever paddled. So... I bought it.
March 31 Tumbling Rock Cave Preserve. With Dave H., Matthew K., Jeff H., Tawnya and Lee. To the Christmas Tree.
April 6 - 7 Locust Fork Canoe and Kayak Races. I was a spectator.
|My beautiful new RivrStyx paddle, and Necky Chronic playboat, photo cred Peggy Robertson|
April 13 Mulberry Fork. Level 1.3. In the Necky Chronic. Excellent surfing day. With Joel and Janice, Peggy, Joseph, Emma, Wendy and Russell.
|Peggy Robertson's great shot showing the joy of paddling, as a bunch of us try to surf a wave together|
April 14 Locust Fork. Level 2.7 climbing to 3.06. In the Necky Chronic. Warm weather and water, windy. With Hayward, Rebecca, Carin, others.