“Spend as much time as possible on mountains, in small boats, or otherwise out in the weather; if you never get wet, cold, exhausted or scared, you won’t properly appreciate being dry, warm, rested and safe.” ~ Peter Jay

"I’m an adventuring river rat at heart. Put me on a floating piece of driftwood and I’m happy." ~ Christina Glauner

"There’s folly and foolhardiness on one side and daring and calculation on the other." ~ C.S. Forester's Horatio Hornblower novels

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Missouri Trek 1

Today the Pierre Kayak Club put in the first 10.5 miles of what could be an epic goal. The other two regular members have a plan to paddle as much of the Missouri as possible. So we began from the face of the dam today and went down to the first Farm Island boat ramp.
The boat ramp we launched from is in disrepair; a motor boat trailer could not get past the bottom half of the ramp, but it worked fine for us.
I noticed a goose and some goslings along the way... thankfully Scruff didn't notice them.
Though he restrained himself from chasing after the pelicans we saw.My fellow cohorts.
I believe the next leg is from the boat ramp we took out at down to what we call twin bridges, which is where Medicine Creek empties into the Missouri River. How far down do we plan to go? I have no idea, but there is alot of summer left... it isn't even June yet!

Also, I am sorry to report that I will not be attending the SDCA event at Lake Alvin this Saturday (31st). I am flying to NY for a college friend's wedding and then spending some extra time doing the tourist thing out there. I hope everyone has a good time on the water though!

Added: a few pictures that were taken by John Adler and uploaded to the Pierre Kayak Club Yahoo group site.

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