Omer Register and I, Frank Dupin, arrived early so we could check out
the level of water at Xway Pond to decide if we probably should go
elsewhere because of extremely low water. While I put in below the
coffer dam to determine the various ways the stream flowed into the
forest, Omer paddled through what water was left in the pond itself,
always looking for ancient lumber or other artifacts worth
retrieving. For all I know, he's back there today, checking the age
of sunken lumber.
After Mitch Lloyd and Tom Goodwin joined us, we completed the shuttle
and set out with a moderate current to help us downstream. We had
sufficient water to float the entire trip without having to do any
hiking; of course, we encountered the usual cross-overs and duck-
unders you have to expect in low water in creeks. But after a brief
lunch break things got a little rougher. More portages around fallen
trees, double and triple cross-overs and tighter duck-unders. We
arrived at Old Barnes Bridge Road, the takeout, at 2:15PM, dirty, wet
and kinda tired. Better wait for some rain (you may have to go to a
dictionary to see the meaning of this four-letter word) before we try
this one again. But we did have fun...didn't we?
If he is sufficiently inspired, Mitch may write a report of "Tales
From..." with a "true" narrative of the expedition.