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Fun Stuff 2014

Wavesport XXX's and fro's in the house

Jan 1.  Cartecay Chili Run.  In Ellijay, Ga.  In the Wave Sport XXX.   With Christine B. (or was it her cousin Foxxy?) in her new red XXX.  Level 1.9?  Air temps 40's-low 50's.  Some sun, cloudy.  Bear meat chili and Apple Pie were some of the more interesting items served at the chili feast after paddling.   I discovered it's ridiculously hard to roll with a green fro wig duck taped to my helmet.
here.  Video here.

Jan 12.  Mulberry Fork.  In the Blackfly Option canoe.  Level 2.5 ft., air tems around 60.  With Andy and Lynn, Larry, Sue and Steve, Tamara.  Photos here.  Video here.

Jan 17-18 Ski Cataloochee.  With Margaret W. and Joane F.  Temps chilly and windy, good sking weather even with the wind.  Friday night and Saturday.   Tried 160's K2 rentals.  Forgot my camera.

Jan 31-Feb 5  Ski Snowmass, Aspen Colorado.    Rossi Experience RTL 158's. With Joan, Julie L-G, Eva, Ahna, and Patty.  Incredible snow.  Photos here.

Top of Elk Camp Lift at Snowmass, view of Maroon Bells peaks behind me.

March 2 Mulberry Fork.  With Sabrina R. and Larry D.  In the Hyside Paddlecat.  During the Mulberry Fork Races. Level under 1 foot, started out cloudy and low 60's, went to mid 70's by the time we got to the race course. The racing was on a break so we were able to head thru the course.  Photos here.

Me and 'Brina in the Hyside Paddlecat

March 8-10 ALF 2014.  In the Blackfly Option canoe. Clear Creek on Saturday, level 450ish, Middle Tellico from Turkey Creek to Wonder Woman on Sunday, level 1.4ish (Low).  Photos here.

March 15 Horseskull and Jack's Hole caves.    With the B'ham Grotto.  Mild spring temps.  Photos here.

March 22-23 Locust Fork Race.  Didn't race, just did some flatwater bits in the Blackfly Option, after Steve and Sue tweaked the outfitting.   Felt under the weather.   Nice temps Sat, chilly Sun.

March 29 Horse and Adcock Caves.  Found them this time... with Gregory B., and his nephew K who is 9.
March 30 Mulberry.  In the Blackfly Option.  With Mark G. and Vander.  Level perhaps 1 ft.   Tried out newly tweaked outfitting, good day, warm temps upper 60's, blue skies.

April 5 NSS Pavilion Roofing.  With the B'ham Grotto.  First time I've been on the roof of a building like that.

April 12 NSS Pavilion Roofing.  We finished! In half the time we had allotted!
April 13 Entrancing With Andy, Moe and Jason.   We meant to visit Pass and Crump caves, but the landowners weren't home.  Instead we went to a cool old cemetery, drove over a couple covered bridges, went to the Calvert Prong and Blackburn whitewater put-ins, and sat on Moe and Jason's porch eating grapes and watching hummingbirds.  Photos here.
April 19 Section 6 (flatwater) of the Locust Fork, as listed in the classic Foshee book 'Alabama Canoe Rides and Float Trips'.  With Jason and Moe, Eric, Dave H., and Ray from the B'ham Grotto. Level reported 2.7-2.9, air temps in the 70's and sunny. Trip took 6 hours from put-in to having boats on cars at take-out.  Nice class I shoals in two places, no dragging the boats or portaging required.   Map of put-in and take-out locations here.  Photos here.
April 19 Mecca Fest.  At the Daniel Day Gallery, I sat in on bass with the Charlie Soul Band.  Fun times!

April 26-27 Nantahala, ERA Wave Sport Open. In the BlackFly Option. With Joan S., Linda D., Rebecca R., Mark G., Helent T., David and Ken A.  Warm water due to Cascades release, was not releasing thru the dam so water was late. Levels were juicy.  First time in the Option after Steve and Sue tweaked the outfitting, wonderful.  For the Wave Sport Open, I wore leis, a Mardi Gras mask, tiara and spangly things on my helmet, ran a Wave Sport Ethos thru the falls, and swam.  Won two t-shirts.  Temps 80ish, perfect weather. Photos here.

May 4 Big Canoe Creek.  In the Sevlor Pointer K1.  Level 217 on USGS gauge. With the Birmingham Grotto.  Wonderful Day.  Photos here.  Map here.
May 18 The Nick.  Mats Memorial.  Played a song with Ed.  Saw many old friends.
Ed and me

May 24 Hiwassee.  In the Wave Sport ProjectX 56.  With Larry and Steph D., David A.  
May 25 Ocoee takeout.  In the PS Composites Urge.  Christine let me demo it.  It was brief and painful. Video below.  The part after "this is terrible Christine" is Christine herself in my gear.  Which you can easily tell by the fact that, unlike me, she is not sinking the stern of the boat just by sitting in it:

Ryland and I in my Hyside Paddlecat.
May 31 Pigeon River.  In the Hyside Paddlecat and Star Slice. Level approx. 1800cfs.    With Wendy A., Ryland and Jenni, and the Lost Tribe.

June 8 Cahaba Lilies Trip.  Hargrove Shoals section.  Low (yellow on the gauge) but no dragging.  With Joel, Dave and Val, and Allen B., in the Sevlor IK.  Photos HERE.

June 14.  Mulberry.  In the Blackfly Option.  Level 1 ft.  Hot.  With Mark G., Brent W. and Ryan P.  Got my first 180 in the little spot above Glen Clark, tried to get onto Lunchstop.  Photos here. 

June 28- July 3.  Carolina Canoe Club Week of Rivers 2014.  In the Blackfly Option, Wave Sport ProjectX 56, and Liquid Logic Stomper 80.
June 28 Tuckaseegee, 500cfs release, with Joan, Patty, Linda D.,Julie, Joy, Denise, and Agata from Poland.  In the Blackfly Option.  Got to try out Linda's Probe 11 thru the rapid with the camera, it eddied me out, so I ran the meat backwards and thankfully upright.
June 29 NOC Canoe Club Challenge races.  I started the downriver races as a volunteer, then ran the slalom race in the Blackfly Option.
June 30 Nantahala.  In the Project X 56.  With Joan, David A. possibly Sue?
July 1 Nantahala.  In the Liquid Logic Stomper.  First time to paddle the stomper this year, wanted to get some seat town before Upper Nanty the next day.  With Joan, Sue, Tim R.
July 2 Tuck in Town with Joan, afterward we had lunch at Cork and Bean, toured the museum, and drove up to the Road to Nowhere and walked thru the tunne.  Then Upper Nantahala for a 4pm release in the Liquid Logic Stomper. With Gretchen, Lisa H., Curtis/Clayton (forget name) and others.  Upper release with natural flow was the lowest I've run it, 350ish cfs.  One roll at PBJ as usual.
WOR photos HERE.
July 14-18 NSS Convention in Huntsville, Al.  With the Birmingham Grotto and 1000+ other cavers from around the world.
July 15-  Caves of Huntsville field trip.  With Tom W, Lin G, Dave H., and others.
July 16- Lectures about world caving at Lee High School
July 17- Bounced Drake Mtn. Dome pit, then more world caving presentations at Lee High School, then the NSS photo salon run-through at Von Braun center, then Korean food with Moe, Andy Z., Donna and Danny C.
July 18- Lectures about southeastern cave paleo-archeology, specifically mud glyphs, at Lee High School, then helping break down the vendors/put back desks and chairs in the classrooms upstairs, then the Convention Awards Banquet at Von Braun center.
NSS Convention photos HERE.
July 26 Ocoee.  With Christine and Allie.  In the Liquidlogic Remix 69.  First time on the ocoee this season, we went thru the sneaks.
Aug 8-9 Camp's Gulf Cave/Fall Creek Falls state park.  With the Birmingham Grotto.  Saturday went to Camp's Gulf with Allen and Cassie, Jason and Moe, Andy Zerbe, Gregory, Mark, Finn and Leigh.  Nice trip. Sunday did a solo tour of Fall Creek Falls trail to the Nature Center and back.  Do not camp on the primitive sites at campground C.  'Primitive' means sloped, unmowed hill with barely enough flat ground for one tent, and a slippery rock trail down to the car perfect for someone in PT for her knee to bust her tail in the rain.  no I didn't fall.  Photos HERE.
august 14.  not fun stuff.  Tessa kitty was hit by a car and I had to put her down.  heartbroken.
August 30 Sewanee Mtn. Grotto CaveFest.  no pics, but was fun.
August 31 Ocoee, Upper and Middle.  In the Hyside Paddlecat. With Purple Hair Sally.   Accompanied by Steve and Sue, Steve and Neil from the Lost Tribe, Kelly Daniel and Blake from the River Dogs.  Photos HERE.
Sept 6-7 Nantahala in the Blackfly Option/Ocoee in the Remix 69.  With Sue and Steve, and the Lost Tribe on Saturday,  Sue and Steve, Eva, Mary on Sunday.  Photos HERE.
Sept 19-20 Hiwassee and Ocoee in the Wavesport Project X56.  With Christine on Saturday, Lost Tribe on Sunday.  didn't bring camera.
Sept 25-28 GAF 2014.  Nantahala Outdoor Center Guest Appreciation Festival 2014.  Thursday night at Harrod's Casino in Cherokee, NC.  Played Roulette and lost.  Friday day the Nantahala in the Blackfly Option canoe.  Saturday Upper Nantahala in the Liquidlogic Stomper 80, then relaxing at the festival. Sunday Upper Nantahala in the Blackfly Octane 92 with Steve I, accompanied by Matthew T in the Blackfly Option.  Photos HERE.
Joy, Roy, Judy at GAF 2014

Oct 9-12 TAG Fall Cave-In 2014.  Warm, wet weather this year. Photos here.
Oct 18 Middle Tellico with Christine B and Leslie.   In the LL Remix 69.  
Oct 19 Howard's Waterfall cave.  With members of the B'ham grotto.   Photos for the weekend here.
Oct 28 Coosa river, 4000cfs.  Last warm weather/water trip of the year.  With Joan S., and David S-G.  Photos on FB, here.

Nov 1 Cave Gating project with the Birmingham Grotto.  First work on a gating of Bryant Mtn. Cave.  Photos here.
Nov 8 Neversink.  With members of the Sewanee Mountain Grotto.  Photos here.
Rare photo of me on rope.  I'm on the left. photo cred Purple-Hair Sally.
Nov 22 Blue Spring Cave.  With the Birmingham Grotto.  A return to one of the most gorgeous caves I've ever been to.  It is the longest cave in TN.  We did a candlelit moment of silence in honor of our friend Jason Wall who recently passed away.   Our destination was the MegaJunction but some of us routed in the crawl.  The 'short trip' group was in the cave 8 hours, the 'long trip' group pressed on for a couple more hours.  Photos here.

Candlelit Memorial for Jason

Nov 30 Mrs. Miller's Cave.   A revisit for me to Mrs. Miller's Cave, a beautiful cave near Huntsville. With Bruce S., Ray M., Mark O, Tim H, and Juan F.  Photos here.
Dec 7 Bryant Mtn. Gating Workday 3.  I missed the second workday, but was able to make this one.  The gate was finished except for some concrete mop-up work which Dave Caudle and Gary Barnes completed on Monday.   Proud of my grotto!
Dec 12-14 Ski Sugar Mtn.  First trip in my very own skis, 2009 Rossi Attraxion 8s, no more rental gear.  With Joan S and Charlotte ?, Ryland and Jenni came up Saturday and had their first ski lesson.  On the way home Sunday, Joan and  I stopped for lunch at River's End on the Nantahala and drove up to see Amicalola Falls.
Dec 20 Ranelli Christmas Party.  Much fun as always.  Played keyboards again, and bass.  No not simultaneously.

Dec 26 Crooked Fork.  With Christine B., Teledave, and some of his friends.  In the LL Stomper80. Level 3.9, Emory was at 5000cfs at Oakdale gauge.  forgot my camera.
Dec 27 Tellico.  With The Lost Tribe.  In the Blackfly Octane 92.  Level was 1.7.

November 6, 2014