“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

Thursday, February 5, 2009

February Paddlin' Hooky

The forecast for today was close to 50 degrees and calm, so John Adler and I took annual leave to go out paddling. It was a gorgeous day to be on the river. The high hit 54 around 3pm according to NOAA. John measured the water temp as being 34-35 degrees. We took off from the causeway and headed downstream along La Framboise Island breaking small chunks of ice along the way. The small channel running between the island proper and a sand bar was, obviously, iced in... as well as the Pierre side of the island. After reaching the end of the island we turn about and headed back. We spent nearly 3 hours on the water and traversed roughly 6.8 miles (my gps read 6.7 and John's read 6.9). In all, it was a great day for paddling!

From 2009_02_05

John's pictures:


  1. And NO wind. I hope to get a few pictures out on my blog tonight. I'll get all of them that I took to you Pat and you can add them here if you want also.

    Well worth the annual leave. Oh, and did I mention that I am up to TWENTY-THREE months in a row now???

  2. John and Pat, what a great experience for February! There are some obvious advantages for paddlers living in the Pierre area. As I looked at the photos, I was seized with the desire to be out on the water as you guys have been. I would love to have been there as part of the flotilla cruising along the shoreline of La Framboise Island in February. Your description and photos serve to keep the juices flowing for the rest of us who live in the land of "No Mo."