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, Jon <ssnvet637@y...> wrote:
> Hey JR,
> Just read an article on-line from the Seattle Post.
> It is about the development of whitewatrer parks in
> Seattle and Yakima. http://snipurl.com/gje0
> The article references Nick Sloan from the Yakima
> Kayak Club. Just wondered if he is related to you?
> In recent cedar strip news, I just repaired a number
> of gouges on the hull of my 16' Prospector. I have
> been pretty willing to take this canoe down class I
> and II whitewater and it is showing signs of bumps and
> bruises from that type of water.
> Keep the open side up.
Don't know of any direct relatives in the Yakima area, and none at
all with the name, "Nick", but who knows?? A lot of us trace back
to an Irish immigrant circa 1740 or so, who jumped an indenture to
set off into the Ohio territory, and as the family branched we all
kept moving west, just ahead of the law (so to speak). Certainly we
share a liking for water, and though white water is a little past my
current skills or physical desire, there was a day.
The upper reaches of the Yakima are a pretty much unused and
spectacularly beautiful stream, especially in Spring and early
summer when snowmelt and rain runoff make it as rough and tumble as
any stream in the country. It's visible by road most of its stretch
along Interstate Hiway 90, and accessible at many points. Yet, in
all my years of driving by, I've seen maybe two or three canoeists;
is suspect there are many more along select stretches, but I bet
there are miles you could float--and fight rapids--where you would
see no one for hours.
In the lower reaches at and below Yakima city, the stream is pretty
much tamed, but some of the state's best bass and catfish fishing
and slower flow appeals to some of us (shall we say) more relaxed
and experienced boaters and canoeists. My goal is to catch a 30-
pound channel cat and an 8-pound bass out of the lower reach near
McNary Pool in the same day. There are those who have made the
trifecta: a cat, a bass and a salmon, all in the same day.
BTW, my next boat is a stripper or stripper-ply hybrid, sailboat,
for using in some of our tmer waters. I'm looking at a strip-built
modified catboat with center/dagger-board or leeboards to haul in
when running into rocky shallows. After that, back to stripper
Sadly, the topside of Firecracker is now up--against the garage
roof, as there isn't time right now to get the bottom wet.
Splash some for me,