I took some pictures, Hope to get them loaded this evening. Since I was one that was chicken of the high waters, and then disappointed that I stayed behindMessage 1 of 7 , Aug 23, 2010View SourceI took some pictures, Hope to get them loaded this evening.Since I was one that was chicken of the high waters, and then disappointed that I stayed behind with my sister.........I was the photographer. They are probably just blurs as everyone was passing me so quickly. I want to go back in the fall as well as paddle the Little Miami.Kathryn
From: Dennis Reeder <dreeder2@...>
Sent: Mon, August 23, 2010 1:58:12 PM
Subject: [columbusareakayakassociation] a Hocking Paddle report
First of all this is a pretty easy drive. Livery is just outside of Logan.They were ready for us, place appears to be set up well. Us was 13 paddlers in 13 kayaks.But they told us they would not rent us kayaks. River was too high and they were worried about rookies hitting deadfall etc.We assured them that we are no rookies. Fools maybe. But rookies? No way!They were impressed with the whole CAKA thing. The staff came to me begging for stickers. I gave them one sticker and a stack of CAKA brochures to put on their counter.The river was flowing at twice its normal rate. It was high and, from the put-in, did appear to be moving fairly fast. Just south of the put-in there is a low head dam. Water was absolutely churning over the low head dam and creating quite a raging turbulence. I saw that first and had serious second thought about paddling the river. But then when I saw the river north of the dam it looked like it would be fun.All of our boats were loaded onto a huge trailer. Kinda willy nilly. I don't want to say that they were just thrown on top of each other (because they did load them carefully) but if you had just walked up to the trailer you might think there had been a kayak explosion. We piled into two vans and were driven north (up river) about 7 miles or so to the launch point on the east side of the river. The crew unloaded our kayaks (most of them mumbling about what a great selection of boats we had) and watched as we took off.We were told that the paddle would normally take approximately 3 hours. But that we would probably finish a bit earlier. Huge understatement. We were done easily in 90 minutes. Probably would have been even faster if we had paddled. Only par! tially kidding. Most of our energy was expended in course correction and steering. It would have almost been possible to do the whole river using merely a rudder. On the other hand paddling could and did make the trip interesting.The water, which is usually kinda clear, was muddy and moving fast. Did I mention that it was moving fast? We had to put 13 boats into the river. By the time the last boat was launched the first boat was about 1/4 mile downstream. In general we stayed to the center of the river to avoid the deadfall. We were strung out sometimes but usually kept each other in eye sight. Our initial plan was to beach the boats near the rock bridge and do a small hike. Under normal conditions one reaches the rock bridge after something like a half hour of paddling. We got there in about 12 minutes. Unfortunately there was no where to beach the boats. The water was too high and was covering all of the sandy areas where we might stop for lunch or for a hike. Several minutes after we launched we started seeing, and hearing, the Zip Lines running through the forest. We could see the launch points up in the trees but I never really saw anyone flying through the woods. Either they were going to fast or I was going to fast. But they were definitely up there.We were finally able to stop at the launching point for the Livery's shorter paddle....in other words we covered five miles really really quickly. We did pull in, drank some water, hung out (in our boats) for a couple of minutes and then we took off again.We encountered some riffles that ramped up the excitement a bit but nothing that would even qualify as a Class I rapid. We were told that there could be a couple of island at which we might be able to stop for lunch etc. We saw one "island" that was mostly covered with water. The other islands had disappeared unde! r the high water.Our next reference point was the other livery company's buildings and put-in. We were told that it was about 15 minutes before our final take out. Uh no. We were moving pretty darn fast. Was about 5 minutes from the other livery to our livery. We pulled our boats out of the river, drove our cars down to the access point, loaded up and were good to go. In about half the normal time the trip should have taken. We jokingly said that we paid for a three hour paddle so they should take us back to the initial put in and let us paddle it again!At any rate everyone made it safely, no one fell in or got wet. Weather, while overcast, was in many ways just perfect. The sun came out at the end of our paddle and gave us a nice finish. About half of the group made the short drive over to a Mexican restaurant and gorged ourselves on burritos, chips, chimichangas, and tacos. It was either really good Mexican food or we were really hungry. Probably both! I did not take any pictures - left the camera in the car so am hoping that someone might have recorded portions of our paddle.Fun paddle. Would do it again. Would be fun with the water down a bit though. General consensus was that this would be fun trip when the leaves begin to change. The group also thought that we might organize a paddle down the Hocking along with a half day at the Zip Line. Stay tuned for further details.
After our group went down the Hocking River last month, we had a conversation about having one more Hocking Hills adventure this Fall. I was charged withMessage 2 of 7 , Sep 9, 2010View SourceAfter our group went down the Hocking River last month, we had a conversation about having one more Hocking Hills adventure this Fall. I was charged with checking dates to do a zip tour in the PM, with kayaking in the AM. We decided on a Friday to avoid the Fall Hocking Hills crowds. The Hocking Hills Canopy Tours has PM openings on October 8 or October 22. We have to decide which date, and who is going. To make the reservation, we will decide on a time slot and each person who is going can go on line and make their reservation and take care of payment. Tours go out every 15 minutes, so if we happen to fill one block (8 slots), it won't be difficult to start booking in the next one. Cost is $85. So first thing, let me know by Sunday which day is best--if you can do both, please let me know that also, I will send a follow up e-mail with the link for making reservations and taking care of payments. We'll use the same livery in the AM for kayaking. Details to follow on that one. If you just want to do one half of the day, also let me know that. There is a 250lb weight limit on the zip line for those who may need that consideration. You don't need a high level of fitness and safety is their main concern. Pat Reeder