“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

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Skunk Creek

We met at  Jerry Foy's house at 5:30 AM, which was quite fun thanks to the graduation class from Garretson's high school. By 6 AM we were launching our boats: 7 kayaks and a canoe. We did get rained on a bit, but nothing that a splash jacket, a spray skirt, and a good hat could't withstand. The temperature was in the mid -50s and the wind was not a factor.
I recall seeing a pair of deer besides the larger group that Jay mentioned on his site. I also think I saw the backside of a coyote running off; though it may have been something else. Sorry, no pics of it. 
I came up with a total distance of 5.36 miles.
I think everyone enjoyed running the faster water/rapids/ripples. Definitely made good pictures. I'd put names by more of these pictures, but I am horrible with names. If one of the pictures is of you, leave a comment with your name and which picture is of you.
This gentleman was very energetic about running the rapids. He also is greatly helping my sites visibily by taking 3 of my new stickers. Thanks to Jarett and the SDCA blog, I am reminded that this is Corey.

This gentleman was on call during the cruise, but never got a call. He rode with the first gentleman.

Our fearless trip leader, Jerry Foy. Again, thanks Jerry, for the enjoyable trip.

SDCA President Gene Preston poling his canoe.

Jay Heath looks like a pro!

This trip is worth repeating in the years to come. The turnout was about right too; many more and the creek would have seemed crowded. 
Also, as I mentioned above, I now have and am giving away stickers bearing the PiratesoftheMissouri.com logo and web address. They are 3" diameter (circular). I didn't get a chance to offer them to everyone on Saturday, because I nearly forgot that I had them. I plan to have them along on every SDCA trip I participate in, so any one interested in one just needs to get out and paddle this summer. Eventually we should bump into each other.

A slideshow of all the pictures I took.

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