Vikki and I managed to sneak in a quick overnight trip between the
heavy rains and winds on Saturday and the cold temps and winds on
Tuesday. Checking the weather Sat. night I noticed the flood alert for
Lumberton but Al Pittman assured me it just meant good water flow
downstream. He was right as usual. We put in Sunday morning at
Phillip's Bridge with Boardman at 5.41 ft. We had perfect weather the
whole trip with just a little wind coming up to 74. There is a fair
amount of new downfall between Willoughby Rd and Piney Island with the
second of two major blockages sitting just before Buck Landing. With
the good water level we never had to exit the canarge but did have to
do some sawing to clear a path. From Piney Island to Princess Ann it
is smooth paddling. We lunched at PI and spent a chilly night at Pea
Ridge Rest Area.
Early in the trip I thought I was hearing voices, or someone
humming or mumbling. I then realized we were right up next to a
beaver lodge. Must have been a family discussion going on inside.
Other encounters with varmints included 2 small gray foxes who hung
out in the woods next to our campsite. I had thought the beady eyes
reflecting my headlamp were unusually polite raccoons, but Vikki later
spotted one running from the picnic table. During the middle of the
night a dog began barking right outside our tent. If I am to believe
my wife, he was probably annoyed by my snoring. It is possible that
Neil Lee sent him over to shut me up. It worked, we both got quiet.
We comtemplated getting up before dawn to see the Leonid meteor
shower. Yeah, right. I've seen shooting stars before.
Foggy mornings on the river are especially nice when you have
blown off working on a Monday. We awoke to an extra foot of water in
the river and another beautiful fall day of paddling. Wish I could get
paid for doing this.