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Outings => River Rats => Topic started by: upthecreek on October 14, 2012, 04:31:32 PM

Title: River Rats Nest
Post by: upthecreek on October 14, 2012, 04:31:32 PM
Our friend swamphanger suggested a thread for water travel adventures. Here It is. Will be easier to just add on to this as we venture out. I will start with a few pics from this morning. 2 days in a row!

The weather was just perfect again. We were on the water at about 830 eastern.

(http://i817.photobucket.com/albums/zz100/tottaway/river%20run/100_4611.jpg)

(http://i817.photobucket.com/albums/zz100/tottaway/river%20run/100_4607.jpg)

We did find some interesting blast holes. Some under water and one on the bank. This is near the bridge I've shown before

(http://i817.photobucket.com/albums/zz100/tottaway/river%20run/100_4602.jpg)

(http://i817.photobucket.com/albums/zz100/tottaway/river%20run/100_4603.jpg)

(http://i817.photobucket.com/albums/zz100/tottaway/river%20run/100_4605.jpg)

(http://i817.photobucket.com/albums/zz100/tottaway/river%20run/100_4604.jpg)

The blue flower from yesterday.

(http://i817.photobucket.com/albums/zz100/tottaway/river%20run/100_4600.jpg)

A very nice weekend!

Creek :canoe:

Title: River Rats Nest
Post by: Bearhunter on October 14, 2012, 04:39:58 PM
Great idea fellows. I'm looking forward to the pics/stories :)
Title: Re: River Rats Nest
Post by: kanukkarhu on October 14, 2012, 05:30:23 PM
"There is nothing - absolutely nothing - half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats." - Kenneth Grahame

:thumbsup:
Title: Re: River Rats Nest
Post by: SwampHanger on October 14, 2012, 05:31:15 PM
Well in a couple weeks when we have our get together I'm gonna need a couple of pages for the boat shots! Thanks for putting this together UTC great name as well!
Title: Re: River Rats Nest
Post by: upthecreek on October 14, 2012, 05:35:11 PM
I'm going down another section next week if the weather cooperates. Lots of fun. Good exercise too!

Creek
Title: Re: River Rats Nest
Post by: rogumpogum on October 14, 2012, 06:07:15 PM
Great stuff. Weird little holes...
Title: Re: River Rats Nest
Post by: upthecreek on October 14, 2012, 06:14:12 PM
The nest on the bridge were cooler. The birds were active this morning but I just couldn't see them good enough.

(http://i817.photobucket.com/albums/zz100/tottaway/river%20run/100_4595.jpg)

Everyone should take any opportunity to get on the water.

Creek :canoe:
Title: Re: River Rats Nest
Post by: OutdoorEnvy on October 15, 2012, 07:05:15 AM
That second pictures is pretty good.  I like the glassy waterway view shots.  Those are cool.  I think it's time you threw in a cast iron skillet and made some shoreline lunch or breakfast :)  Then you'll really love your canoe.  Taking that extra fun but heavy gear is a huge plus with the canoe.  Thanks again for the pics.  Nice idea too on the thread to just add to. 
Title: Re: River Rats Nest
Post by: madmax on October 15, 2012, 07:20:06 AM
My best friends little man and me on the Silver River FL.  We had him sitting down at first, but he was determined to paddle like the big boys.  lol

(http://i905.photobucket.com/albums/ac252/madmaxx3/jaron.jpg)

Some shots on the Ocklawaha River, FL on a few trips.  This and the Silver are my home waters.  I can be on either in 15 min. from the house.  We camp on the Ocklawaha alot.

Max and me.

(http://i905.photobucket.com/albums/ac252/madmaxx3/P4220374.jpg)

TheHumbleBlivit. 

(http://i905.photobucket.com/albums/ac252/madmaxx3/003-28.jpg)

Red always is always good to bring plenty of meat.  I think that's LetsRock in the background.

(http://i905.photobucket.com/albums/ac252/madmaxx3/010-14.jpg)

Hushnel and Chili.  Hush's wife Deb relaxing in the background.  That canopy came in handy later on... it poured.

(http://i905.photobucket.com/albums/ac252/madmaxx3/006-19.jpg)

Greyhound locating a Geocache in a tree.

(http://i905.photobucket.com/albums/ac252/madmaxx3/003-26.jpg)

(http://i905.photobucket.com/albums/ac252/madmaxx3/322.jpg)

(http://i905.photobucket.com/albums/ac252/madmaxx3/IMG_0990.jpg)

Me SUP'n (Stand Up Paddle) on the Nantahala River in NC.  A delightful class 2-3 river that's a VERY popular rafting trip.  I spent several days a week doing just this all last summer.

(http://i905.photobucket.com/albums/ac252/madmaxx3/012-7.jpg)
Title: Re: River Rats Nest
Post by: kanukkarhu on October 15, 2012, 07:27:06 AM
Great pics Madmax! Thanks!

Title: Re: River Rats Nest
Post by: Saintnick001 on October 15, 2012, 07:29:57 AM
Seriously Madmax? You got nothing with me in it? Oh no, that's ok. I'll do it myself.
(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s30/saintnick001/Oklawaha%20River%20May%202011/DSCF8002.jpg)
Title: Re: River Rats Nest
Post by: madmax on October 15, 2012, 07:32:03 AM
LMAO Nick.  Yeah, that was a GREAT trip! 
Title: Re: River Rats Nest
Post by: Saintnick001 on October 15, 2012, 07:33:04 AM
Yeah, and thanks for helping me get out of that mud.  ;)
Title: Re: River Rats Nest
Post by: madmax on October 15, 2012, 07:41:24 AM
Here ya go Nick.  You and Daywalker on the Ocklawaha. "Night of the hog killin' ".  Thunk!

(http://i905.photobucket.com/albums/ac252/madmaxx3/320.jpg)

  Nick was fishing with a homemade canepole cut from the side of the river.  Max was fish scouting for Daywalker. lol

(http://i905.photobucket.com/albums/ac252/madmaxx3/333.jpg)
Title: Re: River Rats Nest
Post by: upthecreek on October 15, 2012, 10:33:06 AM
Good stuff! Nice boats too. I'd love to run across a nice ole' aluminum Grumman.

Creek
Title: Re: River Rats Nest
Post by: madmax on October 15, 2012, 11:07:45 AM
Good stuff! Nice boats too. I'd love to run across a nice ole' aluminum Grumman.

Creek

That was my Mom's birthday present to me on my 15th birthday. 1973.  Used.
Title: Re: River Rats Nest
Post by: greyhound352 on October 15, 2012, 11:26:48 AM
Here are a couple from Potts last year.

Upfront - Let's Rock Next Saint Nick and Chili P
(http://imageshack.us/a/img853/8999/1001451p.jpg)

(http://imageshack.us/a/img705/1606/1001445q.jpg)

Title: Re: River Rats Nest
Post by: madmax on October 15, 2012, 11:29:29 AM
Gum slough is one cool paddle.
Title: Re: River Rats Nest
Post by: greyhound352 on October 15, 2012, 11:31:36 AM
The spring Okalwaha River trip.

On the left canoe Red and Humble Bilvit and on the right canoe Madmax.

(http://imageshack.us/a/img21/2646/img2364m.jpg)


Greyhound352

(http://imageshack.us/a/img833/3264/1004791i.jpg)

Title: Re: River Rats Nest
Post by: upthecreek on October 15, 2012, 04:06:04 PM
Nice pics. Looks so much more tropical than my area now. Very nice environment. The crew wasn't hired on looks, I'm thinkin' :canoe:

Creek
Title: Re: River Rats Nest
Post by: upthecreek on October 20, 2012, 06:09:58 PM
Took my crazy buddy Paul on the flat water today. We have been blessed with some beautiful weather. Chased the heron and got a too shaky video.  I will get another chance tomorrow..Again!

This is me when I was fixing to smash him in the face with a paddle.

(http://i817.photobucket.com/albums/zz100/tottaway/river%20run/100_4642.jpg)

This is Paul. A picture speaks a thousand words.

(http://i817.photobucket.com/albums/zz100/tottaway/river%20run/100_4641.jpg)

We took the smooth water today because .. "see previous pic"

(http://i817.photobucket.com/albums/zz100/tottaway/river%20run/100_4632.jpg)

(http://i817.photobucket.com/albums/zz100/tottaway/river%20run/100_4633.jpg)

(http://i817.photobucket.com/albums/zz100/tottaway/river%20run/100_4631.jpg)

Found this cool fungus. Took a piece to try a bowdrill fire with it

(http://i817.photobucket.com/albums/zz100/tottaway/river%20run/100_4639.jpg)

Will add more tomorrow :)

Creek :canoe:





Title: Re: River Rats Nest
Post by: wolfy on October 20, 2012, 06:18:10 PM
Thanks, creek!   Paul looks like a 'fun' kind of a guy, but you on the other hand, look like a TERMINATOR 8)
Title: Re: River Rats Nest
Post by: upthecreek on October 20, 2012, 06:21:54 PM
I love him like a brother..and he can get under my skin..like a brother :) Another fun day is all that matters.

Creek 
Title: Re: River Rats Nest
Post by: woodsrunner on October 20, 2012, 10:08:29 PM
looks like paradise to me...you boys was having way to much fun!...woods
Title: Re: River Rats Nest
Post by: upthecreek on October 21, 2012, 07:13:21 PM
I didn't get to go today.. seems groceries, breakfast, lunch, dishes, laundry, and everything but me was on the agenda....

Creek :canoe:
Title: Re: River Rats Nest
Post by: PetrifiedWood on October 21, 2012, 08:19:08 PM
Lol, Creek those pics are great! I have friends like that too... :D
Title: Re: River Rats Nest
Post by: OutdoorEnvy on October 22, 2012, 07:35:07 AM
nice creek
Title: Re: River Rats Nest
Post by: madmax on October 22, 2012, 09:22:58 AM
Hahaha!  Great pics!  Thanks for sharing.
Title: River Rats Nest
Post by: upthecreek on October 27, 2012, 05:59:50 PM
The weather sucked this morning. Windy, rainy, so we chickened out on a run. The sun came out this afternoon so I took a solo on the flat water. I hit the water around 4 and paddled till 6. Was nice. The water seems low. Maybe Sandy will change that. CSugg will be here Wednesday and I'm hoping for a little water to ride. Our fall colors are a bust I think. Maybe it was just the weather but everything looked ready for winter.

(http://i817.photobucket.com/albums/zz100/tottaway/river%20run/100_4647.jpg)

There are some BIG rocks in this river.

(http://i817.photobucket.com/albums/zz100/tottaway/river%20run/100_4650.jpg)

I didn't back up to see what kind of critters was worrying this bank. My pic sucks but you can see the footy prints by the water.

(http://i817.photobucket.com/albums/zz100/tottaway/river%20run/100_4657.jpg)

The water is really clear. I'm sure clean could be another matter but the reflection of nature is cool.

(http://i817.photobucket.com/albums/zz100/tottaway/river%20run/100_4655.jpg)

(http://i817.photobucket.com/albums/zz100/tottaway/river%20run/100_4659.jpg)

Another adventure into the rats nest!

Creek :canoe:






Title: Re: River Rats Nest
Post by: SwampHanger on October 27, 2012, 06:30:30 PM
UTC I'll have to find it but one of my favorite pics I've ever taken is a cypress trunk in water reflection.
Title: Re: River Rats Nest
Post by: upthecreek on October 27, 2012, 06:49:52 PM
Look forward to seeing it swamper. I'm still a child with a camera. I probably need to update it but I am usually just glad to get out and wish I had some photo skills. I good day canoeing and a bad day snapping picks beats a good day doing most of the other things I have to do!

Creek
Title: River Rats Nest
Post by: upthecreek on November 11, 2012, 01:17:46 PM
The weather was so nice today I had to hit the water for a little while. We are a small and economically challenged town and feel real lucky were have the river access points. This one is the results of a local eagle scouts service project.

(http://i817.photobucket.com/albums/zz100/tottaway/river%20run/100_4695.jpg)

(http://i817.photobucket.com/albums/zz100/tottaway/river%20run/100_4696.jpg)

The poor sycamores along the bank are about nekkid now.

(http://i817.photobucket.com/albums/zz100/tottaway/river%20run/100_4699.jpg)

I was happy to see my friend the heron. I think he's getting a little used to me. He's quite the regal bird.

(http://i817.photobucket.com/albums/zz100/tottaway/river%20run/100_4709.jpg)

(http://i817.photobucket.com/albums/zz100/tottaway/river%20run/100_4712.jpg)

(http://i817.photobucket.com/albums/zz100/tottaway/river%20run/100_4713.jpg)

Plenty of critter activity along the banks. Haven't seen a deer yet. Have found a couple spots where they drink.

(http://i817.photobucket.com/albums/zz100/tottaway/river%20run/100_4715.jpg)

Crappy pic but this is a drinking spot for the deer. The ground is really chewed up.

(http://i817.photobucket.com/albums/zz100/tottaway/river%20run/100_4716.jpg)

If you look closely in the right side of this picture you can see some finger sized fish. I found two large schools and saw 2 or 3 six inchers! I think that's a good sign for the stream.

(http://i817.photobucket.com/albums/zz100/tottaway/river%20run/100_4706.jpg)

Cool way to pass the morning.

Creek :canoe:







Title: Re: River Rats Nest
Post by: SwampHanger on November 11, 2012, 01:29:44 PM
Creek you and that Heron is like me and the Kingfisher. Almost everytime I get near a body of water if the habitat is right it seems they come perch near me. My bride keeps telling me I should get some ink of one. But I have come to be disapointed now if I don't see or at least hear them now.On the river by me one will  follow me around and talk to all his animal friends to let them know I'm in the woods. Sorry no pics from the camp out. I'm hoping to get a little time this weekend if so I'll post up.
Title: Re: River Rats Nest
Post by: ShrekVa on November 11, 2012, 06:15:11 PM
looks like a good place to paddle, I like the herron pics  :D
Title: Re: River Rats Nest
Post by: SwampHanger on January 22, 2013, 05:06:51 AM
UTC can we make this a sticky? Gonna have a bunch of pics for this thread after this weekend!

We're gonna have a Convoy!
Title: Re: River Rats Nest
Post by: upthecreek on January 22, 2013, 05:23:59 AM
Sure buddy....done. You all have fun and be safe!

Creek
Title: Re: River Rats Nest
Post by: SwampHanger on January 22, 2013, 05:29:13 AM
Thanks bro!  Couple of my Everglades skiff.


(http://i1179.photobucket.com/albums/x399/SwampHanger/PrimativecampOklawahariver006.jpg)

(http://i1179.photobucket.com/albums/x399/SwampHanger/654F2B25-52BF-46C3-9536-61D4CF35443B-26839-000025F7F6586C24.jpg)

(http://i1179.photobucket.com/albums/x399/SwampHanger/876A9C32-4887-4D22-B096-F9D39ED0F414-26839-000025F80FAFE8F6.jpg)
Title: Re: River Rats Nest
Post by: Daywalker on January 22, 2013, 04:18:14 PM
That was a good time, looking forward to seeing you guy's this weekend. Peace
Title: Re: River Rats Nest
Post by: upthecreek on January 22, 2013, 08:27:07 PM
love some river rats!
Title: Re: River Rats Nest
Post by: SwampHanger on January 28, 2013, 09:45:44 AM
Fresh pics tonight!
Title: Re: River Rats Nest
Post by: SwampHanger on January 30, 2013, 06:43:38 PM
What do you call a group of krac's? Not sure either but I'm thinking a gaggle.


(http://i1179.photobucket.com/albums/x399/SwampHanger/PKChallenge029.jpg)

(http://i1179.photobucket.com/albums/x399/SwampHanger/PKChallenge014.jpg)

(http://i1179.photobucket.com/albums/x399/SwampHanger/PKChallenge017.jpg)

(http://i1179.photobucket.com/albums/x399/SwampHanger/PKChallenge047.jpg)

(http://i1179.photobucket.com/albums/x399/SwampHanger/PKChallenge032.jpg)

(http://i1179.photobucket.com/albums/x399/SwampHanger/67E13C58-4ECC-4686-ABB9-BFBECD2A5B6F-29990-00002A3F069E58F0.jpg)
Title: Re: River Rats Nest
Post by: upthecreek on January 30, 2013, 07:14:37 PM
River Rats if I've ever seen any!

Creek
Title: Re: River Rats Nest
Post by: upthecreek on January 30, 2013, 07:16:30 PM
Who's in the second pic with the green boat? I like his ride.
Title: Re: River Rats Nest
Post by: SwampHanger on January 31, 2013, 01:07:58 AM
That's my man GreyHound352. And that boat is sweet!
Title: Re: River Rats Nest
Post by: greyhound352 on January 31, 2013, 05:44:39 AM
Who's in the second pic with the green boat? I like his ride.

It is a great canoe but pricey, it belongs to my dad but he don't use it much. So I slapped a Florida Kracenuer sticker on it and enjoy using every chance I get.

Here is a link with the specs.  http://www.oldtowncanoe.com/canoes/recreational/pack/
Title: Re: River Rats Nest
Post by: upthecreek on January 31, 2013, 10:15:59 AM
Thanks greyhound, I'm looking at short singles now. I got a deal cooking and hope it works out. Thanks for your reply. That is a nice craft.

Creek
Title: Re: River Rats Nest
Post by: madmax on January 31, 2013, 10:33:50 AM
Thanks greyhound, I'm looking at short singles now. I got a deal cooking and hope it works out. Thanks for your reply. That is a nice craft.

Creek

That little Pack is light too.  Very sweet double blade solo.
Title: Re: River Rats Nest
Post by: upthecreek on January 31, 2013, 10:53:32 AM
I need to get my mitts on a Kracenuer decal for my boat. I hope I need 2 soon :)

Creek
Title: Re: River Rats Nest
Post by: SwampHanger on February 01, 2013, 04:28:38 AM
This is Dan and his Pup.

(http://i1179.photobucket.com/albums/x399/SwampHanger/004.jpg)

 I talked about this guy to someone at the P&K and I found his pic. The story is one morning on the Withlachochee river I was out taking my son and his friend fishing. We came around this bend and I slowed down and became so inquisitive. I saw this man poling a canoe that could have been the closest thing to the Clampet's car.(Beverly Hillbilly's) I slowed down so my wake would not tip him as he was really overloaded. Started talking to Dan and he told us his short story. Basically he fell victim to a layoff and was crashing with his brother for a while and it sounded like that wore thin. So a neighbor gave him this canoe and he decided to paddle the whole river from swamp to the Gulf of Mexico. Everything in the boat is all that he owns. Dan said he had a little camping experience he was telling me that his goal was to write a book when he was done. I told him some safe places to camp and places to watch out for and gave him some food then he was on his way. It wasn't along conversation but cool. The guy had a pair and exploring on his own with a pup he pic up at the put in that had been abandoned.


Title: Re: River Rats Nest
Post by: SwampHanger on February 09, 2013, 03:36:51 PM
Future River Rat!

(http://i1179.photobucket.com/albums/x399/SwampHanger/RiverTripWithKellyandWyatt02-8-13101.jpg)
Title: River Rats Nest
Post by: Bearhunter on February 09, 2013, 04:21:51 PM
Future River Rat!

(http://i1179.photobucket.com/albums/x399/SwampHanger/RiverTripWithKellyandWyatt02-8-13101.jpg)
He thinks he's cool don't he ;D
Title: Re: River Rats Nest
Post by: SwampHanger on February 09, 2013, 05:02:53 PM
Man this kid is gonna chase more girls and have his butt whipped more than once for it. He is a ham! And bless his heart has no fear so I will get all my payback on this one. LOL
Title: Re: River Rats Nest
Post by: OutdoorEnvy on February 09, 2013, 05:57:10 PM
Well Dan did get a free canoe and is doing a trip most of wish we could do.  Including myself.  That is neat he's doing something worthwhile and rewarding.


That's a cool pic of your kid SH, that paddle gives it a vintage touch too
Title: Re: River Rats Nest
Post by: SwampHanger on February 10, 2013, 02:34:42 AM
Thanks OE! That was my paddle back when I was that tall. I just picked up an old Old Town paddle in need of some work so we're gonna shorten it up a bit and it will be his new one.
Title: Re: River Rats Nest
Post by: madmax on February 10, 2013, 09:05:57 AM
That boy is something else.  The Krac Kids are gonna own our camps soon.  And shame us with their skill sets.   :)

Ooooo.  Krac Kid T-shirts.  Hey Matt!  lol
Title: Re: River Rats Nest
Post by: SwampHanger on February 10, 2013, 09:59:27 AM
At least we won't have to fetch firewood anymore. God Love'em !
Title: Re: River Rats Nest
Post by: Saintnick001 on February 25, 2013, 07:30:09 PM
At least we won't have to fetch firewood anymore. God Love'em !

Oh, let me tell you about fetching firewood. I learned a couple good lessons this weekend.
Title: Re: River Rats Nest
Post by: upthecreek on February 25, 2013, 08:16:06 PM
That is a classic picture of a happy kid. The canoe was happy too I bet.

Creek
Title: Re: River Rats Nest
Post by: SwampHanger on February 26, 2013, 07:30:19 AM
He may be one of the last generation of crackers. He wants nothing but to be out and about. I just hope all are kids pass down what we teach.
Title: Re: River Rats Nest
Post by: Welding Goats on February 26, 2013, 08:40:33 AM
Living in a semi-arid, desert like environment in West Texas, I always envy those with much quicker/better access to water than we have here.

Great pics in this thread. Thanks to those who have shared!
Title: Re: River Rats Nest
Post by: upthecreek on February 26, 2013, 09:20:34 AM
Consider the time I get to spend on the water some of my most valuable. I'm fortunate to get more than most!

Creek  :canoe:
Title: Re: River Rats Nest
Post by: SwampHanger on February 26, 2013, 09:48:56 AM
Consider the time I get to spend on the water some of my most valuable. I'm fortunate to get more than most!

Creek  :canoe:

+1
Title: Re: River Rats Nest
Post by: upthecreek on March 03, 2013, 07:32:17 PM
I want to add a little to this thread from my first day out with the Mohawk. I'll start by saying it nice to be comfortable and get back to the bank and realize the water was frozen on your pfd. It was chilly but beautiful.

(http://i817.photobucket.com/albums/zz100/tottaway/mohawk%20solo/100_4870.jpg)

I like the way things change but remain the same.

(http://i817.photobucket.com/albums/zz100/tottaway/mohawk%20solo/100_4863.jpg)

(http://i817.photobucket.com/albums/zz100/tottaway/mohawk%20solo/100_4866.jpg)

The Sycamores look like they are ready for warm weather. The sky was beautifully blue.

(http://i817.photobucket.com/albums/zz100/tottaway/mohawk%20solo/100_4862.jpg)

I had to have my phone with me today so I took it in this cheapo waterproof box for wally world. It seems to be a sound piece of kit.

(http://i817.photobucket.com/albums/zz100/tottaway/mohawk%20solo/100_4869.jpg)

The water is fine!

Creek
Title: Re: River Rats Nest
Post by: madmax on March 04, 2013, 04:15:29 AM
Man,  I haven't shopped for boats in years. UTC instigated a Google for models.  Holy Moly!  It's like Alice's Resturaunt.  You can get anything you want!  Just gotta cough up the buckaroos.  :(

I want all of them... :)
Title: Re: River Rats Nest
Post by: wolfy on March 04, 2013, 07:14:49 AM
Man,  I haven't shopped for boats in years. UTC instigated a Google for models.  Holy Moly!  It's like Alice's Resturaunt.  You can get anything you want!  Just gotta cough up the buckaroos.  :(

I want all of them... :)

Yeah, I was surprised, too!  Mohawk's come a long way since back in the mid-70's....I think back then they only offered 1 basic hull design in two lengths and you could have any color you wanted , as long as it was red. :P.   Their prices are much different, of course, but compared to similar boats from some of the other big makers they seemed very reasonable to me!

I think I read that shipping was even included in the price....a very significant consideration, these days!
Title: Re: River Rats Nest
Post by: madmax on March 04, 2013, 07:55:02 AM
I think I still have an XL 15 in my canoe graveyard somewhere.

Title: River Rats Nest
Post by: upthecreek on March 11, 2013, 08:38:32 PM
Got out yesterday and the weather was beautiful. Here is just above where I put in.

(http://i817.photobucket.com/albums/zz100/tottaway/river%20run/100_4902.jpg)

I got 2 double blade paddles and didn't like either of them. Took my trusty single and that's what I used most of the day. Got a cooler that fits under the webbing too!

(http://i817.photobucket.com/albums/zz100/tottaway/river%20run/100_4903.jpg)

Lots of raccoon tracks along the bank. Didn't see any deer sign and didn't see my heron either.

(http://i817.photobucket.com/albums/zz100/tottaway/river%20run/100_4906.jpg)

Coon super highway

(http://i817.photobucket.com/albums/zz100/tottaway/river%20run/100_4912.jpg)

This is the view going down to the rocks.

(http://i817.photobucket.com/albums/zz100/tottaway/river%20run/100_4909.jpg)

(http://i817.photobucket.com/albums/zz100/tottaway/river%20run/100_4907.jpg)

Going up

(http://i817.photobucket.com/albums/zz100/tottaway/river%20run/100_4910.jpg)

This branch was chewed on a bunch. Sucky picture.

(http://i817.photobucket.com/albums/zz100/tottaway/river%20run/100_4915.jpg)

Super knarlly tree.

(http://i817.photobucket.com/albums/zz100/tottaway/river%20run/100_4917.jpg)

This is going up to the rocks,

(http://i817.photobucket.com/albums/zz100/tottaway/river%20run/100_4918.jpg)

(http://i817.photobucket.com/albums/zz100/tottaway/river%20run/100_4920.jpg)

(http://i817.photobucket.com/albums/zz100/tottaway/river%20run/100_4921.jpg)

(http://i817.photobucket.com/albums/zz100/tottaway/river%20run/100_4924.jpg)

A great day. Thanks for looking.

Creek :canoe:

Title: River Rats Nest
Post by: Bearhunter on March 11, 2013, 08:42:38 PM
That looks like a beautiful trip Creek. Thanks for the pics :)
I can't wait to get my canoe out later in the spring!
Title: Re: River Rats Nest
Post by: OutdoorEnvy on March 12, 2013, 07:00:17 AM
Nice day on the water Creek.  So what kind of fish are in that river and do you ever go after em?
Title: Re: River Rats Nest
Post by: MnSportsman on March 12, 2013, 07:32:47 AM
Nice to see the views,& that ya had fun on your outing!
:thumbsup:


Thnx for sharing!
:D
Title: Re: River Rats Nest
Post by: SwampHanger on March 12, 2013, 07:43:05 AM
That looks like some killer paddleing areas you've been posting. One day it would be cool for a big trip with all of us.
Title: Re: River Rats Nest
Post by: upthecreek on March 12, 2013, 08:30:51 AM
Nice day on the water Creek.  So what kind of fish are in that river and do you ever go after em?

Mostly trout and some small mouth. I hunt them..never attempt to catch them :) I've found several nice dead falls teaming with fish.

Creek
Title: Re: River Rats Nest
Post by: U.W. on March 12, 2013, 04:03:04 PM
Outstanding river scenery.  Puts me at ease just seeing the pictures - thanks
for taking us along  :thumbsup:


u.w.
Title: Re: River Rats Nest
Post by: upthecreek on March 12, 2013, 07:51:10 PM
UW, one weekend when your bored you'll have to make your way out and we can take a nice trip. Maybe my friend the heron will escort us as we go along.

Creek :canoe:
Title: Re: River Rats Nest
Post by: SwampHanger on March 13, 2013, 05:39:15 AM
Creek do y'all have any king fishers up there?
Title: Re: River Rats Nest
Post by: upthecreek on March 13, 2013, 08:25:45 AM
Yep..have kingfishesr. Too dern fast for me to get a pic though!

Creek
Title: Re: River Rats Nest
Post by: SwampHanger on March 13, 2013, 09:38:14 AM
Out where we go a lot I e been trying. But like you said too fast! When I left the last camp I could have reached out and touched one. Murphy was with him my camera was in the dry bag.
Title: Re: River Rats Nest
Post by: wolfy on March 13, 2013, 10:06:57 AM
I've noticed that our Belted Kingfishers kind of 'frog hop' a certain distance downriver each time they take off and then stop.   I keep my eye on that spot when approaching and have the camera or binoculars focused on that spot.....most of the time I'm able to spot them before they take off again.   They will usually do these measured hops downstream about 5-6 times before figuring that you are far enough away from their 'home turf' where it figures you are no longer a threat.  Then the last time you will see that particular bird that day, it will head back upstream to its home digs. :shrug:
Title: River Rats Nest
Post by: upthecreek on March 17, 2013, 06:08:19 PM
The weather was beautiful Saturday and I got a different double blade paddle so nothing do but I hit the river. I didn't take many pics but it was the best day for which you could ask.

I still haven't ran into my friend the heron but I know he's not far.

(http://i817.photobucket.com/albums/zz100/tottaway/outings%202013/100_4945.jpg)

(http://i817.photobucket.com/albums/zz100/tottaway/outings%202013/100_4946.jpg)

I was lucky enough to actually spot a beaver in the water. He disappeared quickly but I found this sign he couldn't hide.

(http://i817.photobucket.com/albums/zz100/tottaway/outings%202013/100_4951.jpg)

Throw in a couple of the flow. Was a great day to be out.

(http://i817.photobucket.com/albums/zz100/tottaway/outings%202013/100_4948.jpg)

(http://i817.photobucket.com/albums/zz100/tottaway/outings%202013/100_4947.jpg)

We saw a nekkid guy too...not sure what the heck he was doing but I didn't get a pic!! You just never know natures bounty.

Creek  :canoe:
Title: Re: River Rats Nest
Post by: U.W. on March 17, 2013, 06:37:02 PM
Another beautiful - beautiful day on the river.  I love those photos man, thanks for posting them. 
You're right, one of these weekends, I'm gonna head over, and we'll paddle it and enjoy it. 
Thinking maybe mid May time frame - after that four day camp, and after Spring Gobbler cools down a little - or I tag out  :D   
It's so nice to have a schedule filled with hunting/camping/fishing/paddling :thumbsup:


Perhaps it was that fellas birthday, and he was out enjoying the day in his suit - laughing...  Never know what you'll see...

u.w.
Title: Re: River Rats Nest
Post by: OutdoorEnvy on March 17, 2013, 06:51:28 PM

We saw a nekkid guy too...not sure what the heck he was doing but I didn't get a pic!! You just never know natures bounty.

Creek  :canoe:

 :lol:

you never know what you'll see out there.  That's probably what sent your heron away.   So did he seemed surprised to see you?  Or just smile and wave?  haha
Title: Re: River Rats Nest
Post by: upthecreek on March 18, 2013, 10:36:48 AM
We'll call it...tucked and run.. :)

Creek
Title: Re: River Rats Nest
Post by: Wilderbeast on March 18, 2013, 11:03:40 AM
Creek,

Bring your canoe with you next time you are up my way, we have this French broad that is worth spending some time looking at.

She's the third oldest river on the planet, but she is still a looker.

(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2034/1859694958_68a21747d1.jpg)

(http://mw2.google.com/mw-panoramio/photos/medium/5813114.jpg)
Title: River Rats Nest
Post by: upthecreek on March 30, 2013, 03:58:34 PM
Was a beautiful day today!!! Not a lot of action but was good to be out. I'm soloing a section I haven't been on tomorrow so maybe have a little more to share.

(http://i817.photobucket.com/albums/zz100/tottaway/outings%202013/100_5046.jpg)

Didn't see my friend the Heron..but I know he's close

(http://i817.photobucket.com/albums/zz100/tottaway/outings%202013/100_5044.jpg)

Beaver sign again too.

(http://i817.photobucket.com/albums/zz100/tottaway/outings%202013/100_5042.jpg)

Creek  :canoe:
Title: Re: River Rats Nest
Post by: wolfy on March 30, 2013, 04:02:30 PM
You're makin' me jealous, Creek!   How long of a stretch is that section that you've been paddling?  :canoe:
Title: Re: River Rats Nest
Post by: upthecreek on March 30, 2013, 04:14:35 PM
took 3 hours today wolfy .... usually it's a 2 hour paddle. Don't even know what to expect tomorrow. Hoping it's not going to rain.

Creek
Title: Re: River Rats Nest
Post by: upthecreek on March 31, 2013, 07:41:36 PM
Got out this afternoon and it turned into a really nice time. Wind stopped, sun finally came out. The place I was paddling today is a bird sanctuary.  Birds flying around everywhere.

This was my load out. I love this little boat. Had my paddle, a machete, PFD, coat, small cooler, and water proof box. Put it on my shoulder and away we went.

(http://i817.photobucket.com/albums/zz100/tottaway/outings%202013/100_5048.jpg)

Geese

(http://i817.photobucket.com/albums/zz100/tottaway/outings%202013/100_5050.jpg)

Lots of smooth water.

(http://i817.photobucket.com/albums/zz100/tottaway/outings%202013/100_5059.jpg)

(http://i817.photobucket.com/albums/zz100/tottaway/outings%202013/100_5068.jpg)

A big ole black duck or goose of some sort.

(http://i817.photobucket.com/albums/zz100/tottaway/outings%202013/100_5074.jpg) 

This pair of white ducks were plowing around too.

(http://i817.photobucket.com/albums/zz100/tottaway/outings%202013/100_5082.jpg)

Really fun day

Creek :canoe:

Title: River Rats Nest/Geese
Post by: upthecreek on March 31, 2013, 07:46:10 PM
I finally was able to scare this group off. They pestered me the whole day.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kz9KoQnJIj4

Creek
Title: Re: River Rats Nest
Post by: wolfy on March 31, 2013, 08:01:21 PM
That river looks custom made for canoeists, Creek!   Were you the only one, besides the birds, out there today?   Is there any motorized boat traffic allowed there or is it strictly a non-powered area?  Looks like you had a great day!  It's snowing here tonight. :(
Title: Re: River Rats Nest
Post by: upthecreek on March 31, 2013, 08:18:11 PM
Just me and the birds. I think you can use an electric motor. I few places got really shallow so one would need to be careful :) Was a nice day. Gonna have to get a better camera!

Creek
Title: Re: River Rats Nest
Post by: madmax on April 01, 2013, 01:08:20 PM
On the Altamaha River GA.  Big river. Small cuts.  Jungle.  Salt marshes.  Great friends. Great trip.

(http://i905.photobucket.com/albums/ac252/madmaxx3/027-3_zps0ea9f211.jpg)

(http://i905.photobucket.com/albums/ac252/madmaxx3/046-3_zps4408c9af.jpg)

Whole story.

http://bladesandbushcraft.com/index.php/topic,5292.0.html

Title: Re: River Rats Nest
Post by: PetrifiedWood on April 01, 2013, 03:03:25 PM
I need to get my Kayak on some water this summer. You guys are making me jealous! :D
Title: Re: River Rats Nest
Post by: upthecreek on April 04, 2013, 03:28:41 PM
I need to get my Kayak on some water this summer. You guys are making me jealous! :D

Yes you do! ....sleet and snow today. 70 on Saturday!

Creek :canoe:
Title: Re: River Rats Nest
Post by: imnukensc on April 05, 2013, 03:35:11 PM
You ever do any fishing on your trips, Creek?  Looks like some good smallmouth or trout fishing might had there.
Title: Re: River Rats Nest
Post by: upthecreek on April 05, 2013, 03:56:35 PM
I've never been much of a fisherman. I love fish. You are correct that there are some fish in the Smith. The state stocks rainbows and brown trout are native. Not sure about bass.  I spot schools of trout (4 to 6 inches) in the summer in the deadfalls. I like the quiet, the birds, the sound of the water and the boat. I don't seem to miss the people :) It snowed then rained buckets last night so I'm going a solo down tomorrow for about 3 hours!

Creek

Title: Re: River Rats Nest
Post by: wolfy on April 05, 2013, 04:05:32 PM
I understand completely! :canoe:
Title: Re: River Rats Nest
Post by: imnukensc on April 05, 2013, 04:37:41 PM
I, too, understand completely, Creek.  As long as I'm around water, especially moving water, I'm happy.  But I do have to say, I certainly enjoy a tight line, too.
Title: Re: River Rats Nest
Post by: upthecreek on April 07, 2013, 05:27:36 AM
Was able to arrange me some transportation Saturday so was able to go down the river for a few hours. Had a nice flow of water and the weather was beautiful.

A few pics of my trip

(http://i817.photobucket.com/albums/zz100/tottaway/outings%202013/100_5119.jpg)

(http://i817.photobucket.com/albums/zz100/tottaway/outings%202013/100_5121.jpg)

Big blow down trying to block my way

(http://i817.photobucket.com/albums/zz100/tottaway/outings%202013/100_5123.jpg)

Goose making sure I didn't misbehave

(http://i817.photobucket.com/albums/zz100/tottaway/outings%202013/100_5129.jpg)

(http://i817.photobucket.com/albums/zz100/tottaway/outings%202013/100_5133.jpg)

Got on this little island to straighten my back out for a few.

(http://i817.photobucket.com/albums/zz100/tottaway/outings%202013/100_5135.jpg)

Glamor shot of my little boat

(http://i817.photobucket.com/albums/zz100/tottaway/outings%202013/100_5136.jpg)

(http://i817.photobucket.com/albums/zz100/tottaway/outings%202013/100_5137.jpg)

(http://i817.photobucket.com/albums/zz100/tottaway/outings%202013/100_5141.jpg)

Was a great day! Did see my friend the Heron finally. He wouldn't let me get close enough to photo him.

Creek :canoe:
Title: Re: River Rats Nest
Post by: Mr. Tettnanger on April 07, 2013, 07:49:26 AM
I am really enjoying the action shots!

I am super jealous!
Title: Re: River Rats Nest
Post by: upthecreek on April 07, 2013, 08:53:32 AM
Get your ass in the water MrT  :rofl:

Creek
Title: Re: River Rats Nest
Post by: Mr. Tettnanger on April 07, 2013, 09:08:31 AM
I AM WORKING ON IT!!

Just ordered some replacement plugs for my kayaks!

I may hit the local lake next weekend!
Title: River Rats Nest
Post by: upthecreek on April 15, 2013, 04:07:18 PM
I took the double out with a friend Saturday. The weather was beautiful and with the rain the water was flowing good.

Nice to see things getting green

(http://i817.photobucket.com/albums/zz100/tottaway/outings%202013/100_5183.jpg) (http://s817.photobucket.com/user/tottaway/media/outings%202013/100_5183.jpg.html)

The tree that has fell is gonna wind up being a pain I'm afraid. It's collecting piles of debris

(http://i817.photobucket.com/albums/zz100/tottaway/outings%202013/100_5180.jpg) (http://s817.photobucket.com/user/tottaway/media/outings%202013/100_5180.jpg.html)

Some pretty blue flowers

(http://i817.photobucket.com/albums/zz100/tottaway/outings%202013/100_5184.jpg) (http://s817.photobucket.com/user/tottaway/media/outings%202013/100_5184.jpg.html)

The little birds are back in droves

(http://i817.photobucket.com/albums/zz100/tottaway/outings%202013/100_5185.jpg) (http://s817.photobucket.com/user/tottaway/media/outings%202013/100_5185.jpg.html)

Another nice day, I'm going to do a thread on my Sunday so as not to derail this one...

Creek
Title: River Rats Nest
Post by: Bearhunter on April 15, 2013, 04:22:14 PM
Good stuff Creek 8)

I'm not a 'safety nut' by no means, but you guys need to watch out for yourselves at that logjam.
Those things can drown you real quick.
It happens way too much out here on the rivers.
I float and fish the rivers out here a little bit and those things will suck you in and under in a hurry!

Just my 2 cents worth :)
Title: Re: River Rats Nest
Post by: upthecreek on April 15, 2013, 05:03:29 PM
You are correct BH. There is about 10 feet to the left to pass as you approach it. Wait till you see my Sunday post I'm working on....safety nut....

Creek
Title: Re: River Rats Nest
Post by: OutdoorEnvy on April 15, 2013, 07:06:27 PM
You got an axe creek.  You can take care of that downed tree.  make a day of it trying out a couple axes.
Title: Re: River Rats Nest
Post by: Bryan Breeden on April 20, 2013, 08:48:34 AM
Thanks for posting all the pics.  Very cool thread. 
Title: Re: River Rats Nest
Post by: WI_Woodsman on May 09, 2013, 04:18:30 PM
I did my traditional Birthday solo about a week ago.  I had to test some new equipment out I got for my birthday on my little excursion.

(http://i1066.photobucket.com/albums/u412/WI_WoodsMan/IMG_3302.jpg)

The Fox River was so flooded my usual camp site was 4 feet under water so I had to relocated.

(http://i1066.photobucket.com/albums/u412/WI_WoodsMan/IMG_3311.jpg)

Here's the big item I'm testing.  I'm usually a hammock hanger but I decided to get a single tent from Eureka!

(http://i1066.photobucket.com/albums/u412/WI_WoodsMan/IMG_3312.jpg)

I got a decent pile of fire wood the lights fading and it's time to get my Birthday dinner ready!

(http://i1066.photobucket.com/albums/u412/WI_WoodsMan/IMG_3310.jpg)

 



Title: Re: River Rats Nest
Post by: SwampHanger on May 09, 2013, 04:29:23 PM
Nice trip thanks for the pics!
Title: Re: River Rats Nest
Post by: greyhound352 on May 09, 2013, 04:39:41 PM
Great shots WIWoodsman!  Thanks for sharing.
Title: Re: River Rats Nest
Post by: wolfy on May 09, 2013, 04:57:50 PM
I like your boat! :thumbsup: :canoe:    How'd the Eureka work for you? :shrug:
Title: Re: River Rats Nest
Post by: WI_Woodsman on May 09, 2013, 06:37:51 PM
I like your boat! :thumbsup: :canoe:    How'd the Eureka work for you? :shrug:

Yeah, my canoe is a bit longer than I'd like but it does the trick.  The Eureka's cozy (if you're not claustrophobic).  I wanted it for a pack tent.
Title: Re: River Rats Nest
Post by: upthecreek on May 09, 2013, 06:52:03 PM
Nice to see other rats getting out!! Thanks for posting your outing. Any time outdoors is better than most anything else I know. I'm glad you had a good time and Happy Birthday! I took my newest old canoe out for a little cruise tonight to check for leaks. A positive report.

Beats the hell out of working  :canoe:

Creek

Title: Re: River Rats Nest
Post by: WI_Woodsman on May 09, 2013, 08:03:20 PM
Nice to see other rats getting out!! Thanks for posting your outing. Any time outdoors is better than most anything else I know. I'm glad you had a good time and Happy Birthday! I took my newest old canoe out for a little cruise tonight to check for leaks. A positive report.

Beats the hell out of working  :canoe:

Creek

"Newest old canoe" I love it Creek!  I glad to hear there were no leaks.   ;)
Title: Re: River Rats Nest
Post by: OutdoorEnvy on May 10, 2013, 07:09:08 AM
Nice little get out WIW, I'm a sucker for red canoes.  Nice setup you got there.  Glad to see more paddlers around too.   I think I'm overdue for a canoe report myself...  Nice share
Title: Re: River Rats Nest
Post by: WI_Woodsman on May 11, 2013, 06:22:52 AM
Nice little get out WIW, I'm a sucker for red canoes.  Nice setup you got there.  Glad to see more paddlers around too.   I think I'm overdue for a canoe report myself...  Nice share

Lol, thanks OE, I still need to get out in my Kayak this year (which subsequently is also red).
Title: Re: River Rats Nest
Post by: upthecreek on May 13, 2013, 04:33:01 PM
I'm seriously thinking about going camo on the silver queen....

(http://i817.photobucket.com/albums/zz100/tottaway/aluminum%20canoe/100_5297.jpg) (http://s817.photobucket.com/user/tottaway/media/aluminum%20canoe/100_5297.jpg.html)

Creek :canoe:
Title: Re: River Rats Nest
Post by: WI_Woodsman on May 13, 2013, 09:03:12 PM
I'm seriously thinking about going camo on the silver queen....

(http://i817.photobucket.com/albums/zz100/tottaway/aluminum%20canoe/100_5297.jpg) (http://s817.photobucket.com/user/tottaway/media/aluminum%20canoe/100_5297.jpg.html)

Creek :canoe:

She's a beaut Creek!   ;)
Title: River Rats Nest
Post by: Bearhunter on May 13, 2013, 10:36:32 PM
I did my traditional Birthday solo about a week ago.  I had to test some new equipment out I got for my birthday on my little excursion.

(http://i1066.photobucket.com/albums/u412/WI_WoodsMan/IMG_3302.jpg)

The Fox River was so flooded my usual camp site was 4 feet under water so I had to relocated.

(http://i1066.photobucket.com/albums/u412/WI_WoodsMan/IMG_3311.jpg)

Here's the big item I'm testing.  I'm usually a hammock hanger but I decided to get a single tent from Eureka!

(http://i1066.photobucket.com/albums/u412/WI_WoodsMan/IMG_3312.jpg)

I got a decent pile of fire wood the lights fading and it's time to get my Birthday dinner ready!

(http://i1066.photobucket.com/albums/u412/WI_WoodsMan/IMG_3310.jpg)

Thanks for the Pics Wi W :)
I've got to get out soon too!

Creek... Go for it ;)
Title: Re: River Rats Nest
Post by: SwampHanger on May 17, 2013, 03:31:42 AM
I hope to be on a river in a few hours! Once the family is up and the bride and I drop of the youngest at school. The lady at the place I put in told me the brim bite is on good so I'm taking the fly rod.  Now I need to go through my bags on my work bench and find those poppers I got on sale. Well just wanted to buil up some anticapation and get you thinking about your weekend.
Title: Re: River Rats Nest
Post by: SwampHanger on May 17, 2013, 02:15:01 PM
Alright got out this morning for a while with the bride (aka) the trolling motor! Lol. As we paddled down the river taking pics of birds and trees and whatever. I had my 8' #6 fly rod and was catching brim up and down the river. Using the white cork rubber legged spider popper.  Caught a few and had a great time. We were going to hike a skidder trail that's on a island area but it has not been maintained in a while. I opted out of blazing a trail and helping the wife get covered in ticks. So she help put the boat in position for me to fish or just took pics.


(http://i1179.photobucket.com/albums/x399/SwampHanger/9AF72370-B82F-40BF-A899-3FB195A816A6-3647-000004EB4E455DD5.jpg)

(http://i1179.photobucket.com/albums/x399/SwampHanger/9AF72370-B82F-40BF-A899-3FB195A816A6-3647-000004EB4E455DD5.jpg)

(http://i1179.photobucket.com/albums/x399/SwampHanger/B56BE6B8-E282-494E-BE45-D598F1C9D9B4-3647-000004EB5D3B96C8.jpg)

(http://i1179.photobucket.com/albums/x399/SwampHanger/rivertrip5-17-13106.jpg)

(http://i1179.photobucket.com/albums/x399/SwampHanger/rivertrip5-17-13104.jpg)

(http://i1179.photobucket.com/albums/x399/SwampHanger/rivertrip5-17-13086.jpg)

(http://i1179.photobucket.com/albums/x399/SwampHanger/rivertrip5-17-13079.jpg)

(http://i1179.photobucket.com/albums/x399/SwampHanger/rivertrip5-17-13063.jpg)

(http://i1179.photobucket.com/albums/x399/SwampHanger/rivertrip5-17-13070.jpg)

(http://i1179.photobucket.com/albums/x399/SwampHanger/rivertrip5-17-13110.jpg)

(http://i1179.photobucket.com/albums/x399/SwampHanger/rivertrip5-17-13047.jpg)

(http://i1179.photobucket.com/albums/x399/SwampHanger/rivertrip5-17-13046.jpg)

(http://i1179.photobucket.com/albums/x399/SwampHanger/rivertrip5-17-13043.jpg)

(http://i1179.photobucket.com/albums/x399/SwampHanger/rivertrip5-17-13028.jpg)

(http://i1179.photobucket.com/albums/x399/SwampHanger/rivertrip5-17-13026.jpg)

(http://i1179.photobucket.com/albums/x399/SwampHanger/rivertrip5-17-13022.jpg)

(http://i1179.photobucket.com/albums/x399/SwampHanger/rivertrip5-17-13017.jpg)

So that was the trip. Told the wife we(she) has to work on making sure the fish are in the frame. Lol she did a good job though.

Alright kids who else is gonna get some pics and water time this weekend?
Title: Re: River Rats Nest
Post by: SwampHanger on May 17, 2013, 04:16:57 PM
Bump updated
Title: Re: River Rats Nest
Post by: WI_Woodsman on May 17, 2013, 04:23:17 PM
Looks like a productive morning.  Wish I could say the same for me is been dreary up here the last couple of days...
Title: River Rats Nest
Post by: Bearhunter on May 17, 2013, 04:24:29 PM
Great pics SH, thanks :)
Title: Re: River Rats Nest
Post by: wolfy on May 17, 2013, 04:26:23 PM
Cool pics, Swamp......what is that last bird?
Title: Re: River Rats Nest
Post by: SwampHanger on May 17, 2013, 04:48:44 PM
Cool pics, Swamp......what is that last bird?

Its a Limpkin Wolfy.

That pic of the heron is for Creek.
Title: Re: River Rats Nest
Post by: OutdoorEnvy on May 20, 2013, 08:53:01 AM
Well I finally got in a little paddle time.  Unfortunately this is probably be my last trip to this lake.  You'll see why below.  But it was still better than no time out. 

Well here is takeout

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7327/8757114143_b2f231eae5_c.jpg)

making some headway.  It was very windy and dad really got a workout to say the least

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Had to pull over for a break at my hidden spot at the back of the lake.

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Unfortunately it has been ruined.  They cleared out a "road" so people could have access to the back of the lake and you know what "More people" means  >:(

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there were busted beer bottles all over the place and the bags had been ripped open by critters and trash was just everywhere.  This wasn't the only spot like this either.  I checked a couple others and it was the same.  This lake was just surrounded by garbage.  Very unfortunate.  There used to be only one side the public non-boat people could get to and it was always dirty but you could get away from it in a boat.  Not anymore though

well we went back out and tried fishing a few spots but no luck.  the water was pretty stained and the wind sure wasn't helping either

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well it was only a couple hours on the water but it was still fun to get out.   I'll have to try a couple other lakes I know of next time and hopefully be able to do more and have an actual trip report to post. 

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thanks for looking



Title: Re: River Rats Nest
Post by: upthecreek on May 20, 2013, 08:59:45 AM
Glad you all got out! Too bad about the human factor. :-[

Creek
Title: Re: River Rats Nest
Post by: upthecreek on May 20, 2013, 10:58:43 AM
I haven't seen my buddy the heron on my last 2 trips....know he's there :)

Creek
Title: Re: River Rats Nest
Post by: SwampHanger on May 20, 2013, 01:38:43 PM
OE glad you got out and admire you for even going in that wind. I'm sure your fishing buddy didn't care. It makes me sick how people can litter so bad.

Creek your bird flew down here for the summer. Come on down and I'll show you where he's at. But you'll need the Silver Queen.   :canoe:
Title: Re: River Rats Nest
Post by: upthecreek on May 27, 2013, 04:55:25 AM
Took the solo out Saturday. Was a beautiful day

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Creek
Title: Re: River Rats Nest
Post by: upthecreek on May 27, 2013, 07:22:24 PM
Took the Silver Queen out on the Smith over the weekend too. Not much to look at but it's a cool boat

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Smiling face

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The river is still beautiful. Didn't take a bunch of pics.

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Was a great weekend.

Creek  :canoe:
Title: Re: River Rats Nest
Post by: PetrifiedWood on May 27, 2013, 08:12:06 PM
You probably have more time in that boat since you got it than the last owner did in the past few years! :thumbsup:
Title: Re: River Rats Nest
Post by: OutdoorEnvy on May 28, 2013, 04:45:52 PM
nice pics creek, glad you're getting so much paddling in. 
Title: Re: River Rats Nest
Post by: upthecreek on June 01, 2013, 05:23:46 AM
Got on the northern end of the Smith Thursday afternoon. I real pretty section of water and even got a couple friends to go along.

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Another beautiful day

Creek
Title: Re: River Rats Nest
Post by: Mr. Tettnanger on June 01, 2013, 08:55:30 AM
Lots of awesome pictures folks!

It is great seeing others adventures!
Title: Re: River Rats Nest
Post by: upthecreek on June 10, 2013, 10:13:36 PM
Went out for a long trip Saturday. Was almost home when the fog started in. Was very cool.

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Creek  :canoe:
Title: Re: River Rats Nest
Post by: SwampHanger on June 12, 2013, 12:28:57 PM
You can get some great pic effects with the fog. Thanks for sharing creek.
Title: River Rats Nest/Bridges on the Smith
Post by: upthecreek on June 23, 2013, 08:09:55 AM
The COE has expanded their generating schedule lately so I've been able to explore the northern part of the river more. Last week I decided to take some shots of the bridges along the way. This route is very rocky during low water, but is a very nice ride with water in the banks.

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Thanks for looking

Creek  :canoe:
Title: Re: River Rats Nest
Post by: WI_Woodsman on June 23, 2013, 06:13:53 PM
I love exploring new rivers!  Nice pics Creek! ;)
Title: Re: River Rats Nest
Post by: upthecreek on August 11, 2013, 05:28:57 AM
Got out for a little while Saturday, Water was very low. Still nice to paddle some.

A cool little cove I've never noticed before.

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A neat old train bridge along the way

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I'm sure this thing has had millions of tons of coal on it's back

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The fog was coming in by the time we made it to the last set of bridges. Normally all the debris at the base of the pillars is almost almost under water.

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Hope I get to go again today!

Creel  :canoe:
Title: Re: River Rats Nest
Post by: SwampHanger on August 11, 2013, 08:41:06 AM
Got out Friday for a while.

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What a great morning. I wish I could get paid to do it.
Title: Re: River Rats Nest
Post by: Wilderbeast on August 11, 2013, 09:07:07 AM
Got out Friday for a while.

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What a great morning. I wish I could get paid to do it.

Very nice spot SH.  Do I spy a pair of xtra tuf boots in the canoe?
Title: Re: River Rats Nest
Post by: SwampHanger on August 11, 2013, 09:50:58 AM
Those are my Lacrosse Rubber boots. When its this warm the snakes are real active.
Title: Re: River Rats Nest
Post by: woodsrunner on August 11, 2013, 12:36:43 PM
awesome SH....that crik does'nt appear to have much of a current...so i reckon you can paddle back upstream to where you put in?

i just wish i could do that, it would sure save me a lot of aggravation to be able to take out where i put in! :) :)

thanks for posting...awesome thread you guys got going here....woods
Title: Re: River Rats Nest
Post by: SwampHanger on August 11, 2013, 02:43:34 PM
The current is slow and nothing to paddle against unless in your in a couple of the bottleneck areas. It sure makes it easier when you don't have to shuttle cars too.
Title: Re: River Rats Nest
Post by: upthecreek on August 11, 2013, 02:50:21 PM
I was able to get out again today. Mot much flow but still great to be outdoors. The weather was beautiful at first...poured on us for a little while too.

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found a cool spot to stop for a bit. We had a youngin with us that wanted to get wet. This is looking back upstream.

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Our friends were pulling a tube. The little one was riding in it till her butt got cold.

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If you look close you can see mom in the tube ...on the rocks,,

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The butterflys were having fun too

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It rained on us for about 30 mins..no big deal but no waterproof camera :)

Creek  :canoe:

 
Title: Re: River Rats Nest
Post by: upthecreek on August 11, 2013, 02:52:19 PM
Thanks for posting swamper... glad you got out :) nice looking territory.

Creek
Title: Re: River Rats Nest
Post by: SwampHanger on August 11, 2013, 05:25:06 PM
Finally got some pics loaded to crapbucket. So I'm gonna post a trip report in outings. Check it out I got buzzed by a Blackhawk!
Title: Re: River Rats Nest
Post by: Mr. Tettnanger on August 13, 2013, 03:05:42 PM
I love this thread!

Thanks to everybody for sharing your adventures!

AWESOME STUFF!
Title: Re: River Rats Nest
Post by: upthecreek on August 17, 2013, 12:54:09 PM
How do I look with my shirt on backwards  :rofl:

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Was a nice cool night on the water

Creek
Title: Re: River Rats Nest
Post by: madmax on August 17, 2013, 01:27:57 PM
I  want yer boat...
Title: Re: River Rats Nest
Post by: upthecreek on August 17, 2013, 03:38:50 PM
you can't have it :)

Creek
Title: Re: River Rats Nest
Post by: U.W. on September 02, 2013, 10:55:53 AM

Went out for a paddle on a local lake I wanted to explore more of yesterday.
Was a nice day, a bit warm, a bit humid, but the nice breeze of a storm front
moving in kept it quite reasonable.






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The rides


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See that far shore way, way back there?  That's where we're going.  There is a "hidden" canal on the
left - just before you reach it.


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See it?  Was enjoying some shade in the grass where I put in at


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The body of water is very choked with water plants.  No issues if you're paddling, but I think
a motor boat would have issues


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Big and small pads on the water


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A plant to be aware of, and leave alone.  Deadly water hemlock


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Cool little flower, and hatch shell


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The mouth of the canal


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First section, and canopied section - nice shade, but the deer flies were thick.  Thankfully
they seemed to not prefer the sunscreen I had on, as I only got bit once


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Still in the canal, overhead cover gone now; and happily, deer flies mostly gone also


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It is a long canal, lol, still in it and back under canopy - no deer flies though :-)


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Did find some muscadine at the end of the canal.  Picked and ate the few ripe ones.  They were
excellent!  Love me some free food!


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Took a rest stop at a portage I didn't know was there, at the far end of the lake - prior to
going into the canal.  Made a short piece of cord to hold paddle to 'yak when I'm getting in
and out of it.  Worked fine for the three times i got out and portaged.  Made from two cat tail
leaves, cut with knife shown


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My goal was a little island, in a lake, that's land locked - in a lake.  Kind of like an island
in a volcano opening that full of water, with the volcano itself, in the middle of a lake.
This "little" guy had a web spanning the entire game trail I walked on that little island, so
I figured I just had to take a photo of it.  He body was just slightly bigger than fully half
my thumb.  Thankfully I did see his web, and walked around.


I did of course make it to the island in a lake, in a lake.  I did explore it.  I didn't take any photos
except the one of the big web maker.  I'll be visiting again though...


Hope you enjoyed it, and thanks for letting me share,


U.W.
Title: Re: River Rats Nest
Post by: greyhound352 on September 03, 2013, 09:49:22 AM
Thanks for sharing UW. Looks like a great place for a paddle.
Title: Re: River Rats Nest
Post by: crashdive123 on September 03, 2013, 02:25:39 PM
Thanks for taking us along.
Title: Re: River Rats Nest
Post by: upthecreek on September 03, 2013, 02:59:49 PM
Great pics Will! Thanks for posting. Shoulda milked the snake and spidy for us!  :rofl: I went to Belle Isle State Park over the weekend...way different than my "normal" neck of the woods :) I've misplaced my camera in the moving process so no pics, but was a blast. Glad ya had a good time.

Creek
Title: Re: River Rats Nest
Post by: U.W. on September 03, 2013, 03:43:28 PM
Thanks everyone, it was a great day to be on the water paddling & exploring. 


Creek, you must be psychic!  Yes, I saw a big snake exactly where I went ashore on the little island.  In fact, it came out from under a shelf of roots I was about to use as a step - to get up on land.  Non-venomous I think? but an attention getter in that first micro second, lol.  I'll bet the snake was less than pleased that I decided to go ashore right there, to be sure.


The area you went to looks (on the map) to be an amazing spot for a paddle! (and not to far from me either)  I'm glad you mentioned it.  Thanks!  I've never been there; but think I'll make my way over there one weekend.  If you're in the area like that again, and can - give me a shout & I'll be right over.  I hope your camera turns up soon buddy, but sometimes it's nice to just go out and enjoy it all - without a camera.


u.w.
Title: Re: River Rats Nest
Post by: upthecreek on September 03, 2013, 04:18:27 PM
Belle Isle  canoe launch either goes NW to the Rappahannock or SE to the marsh. I went SE. Took me 3 hours to get to the end of the feed and back. BEAUTIFUL! Saw a big fish eat a frog and it was cool. Bald Eagle too. Dont get no better than that. :)

Creek  :canoe:
Title: Re: River Rats Nest
Post by: upthecreek on September 03, 2013, 04:20:36 PM
Milk the dern animals next time and post it...Buddy!

Creek  :rofl:
Title: Re: River Rats Nest
Post by: upthecreek on September 06, 2013, 10:39:39 AM
The Queen on Scooby Doo :) I've missed placed my camera so no trip pics to share :( I'm sure I'll find it as I unpack!

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Creek  :canoe:
Title: Re: River Rats Nest
Post by: wolfy on September 06, 2013, 10:42:41 AM
Nice looking couple! :cheers:
Title: Re: River Rats Nest
Post by: U.W. on September 22, 2013, 04:07:54 PM

GF & I went out for a paddle on a local lake yesterday.
Was a really nice day, beautifully overcast, and a nice light breeze kept things perfectly cool.






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Overcast skies. GF is back there, and some miles to go ahead


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A few of these had been blown into the water, pretty pink flowers


(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5542/9883338913_e30694ef3a_c.jpg)


and another
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(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7429/9883339413_41673760a6_c.jpg)
See those trees?  They're loaded with water birds


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cropped a bit to see them


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paddle scenery




(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5487/9883268894_7e59e9eb76_c.jpg)




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One branch, out over the water.  Doesn't seem much more than that at first glance,
but lets look closer


(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5521/9883269854_db5a1b6655_z.jpg)
See it?  Lets look a little closer yet..


(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3742/9883270094_bd7d680062.jpg)
I love praying mantises, so cool and usually very very goog camoflauge.


There's more on the branch yet,




(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3732/9883282085_5d3a0fbd52_z.jpg)
About the size of my outstreached hand was an unpleasant surprise, hidden among the
leaves.  No, neither of us got stung.


Hope you enjoyed it, and thanks for letting us share,


U.W.
Title: Re: River Rats Nest
Post by: upthecreek on October 15, 2013, 05:49:11 PM
Not sure how I missed your post UW. B T utiful :)

Creek
Title: Re: River Rats Nest
Post by: upthecreek on October 15, 2013, 05:56:53 PM
I got out this afternoon and I got me a new camera! Just some pics of my normal haunts. Nothing too special but really nice to have some time outdoors for a change.

I sported the flag of my southern friends.

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I like the water

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Sad to see the leave go. Will be pretty in another week or so.

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Really cool ole' burl along the bank

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Caught this little rascal taking a drink

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Got a peek at a blue sky

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Creek  :canoe:
Title: Re: River Rats Nest
Post by: OutdoorEnvy on October 15, 2013, 06:02:13 PM
glad you got some paddling in Creek!  paddling that river when the colors change will be quite the sight. 
Title: Re: River Rats Nest
Post by: Spyder1958 on October 15, 2013, 07:16:50 PM
Man those Krac. colors look real good on your ride.  :)
Title: Re: River Rats Nest
Post by: madmax on October 16, 2013, 06:12:08 AM
Yup,  lookin' good.  Nice pics.
Title: Re: River Rats Nest
Post by: greyhound352 on October 16, 2013, 06:31:02 AM
Great pics Creek and thanks for sharing. Those Krac colors look great on your canoe.
Title: Re: River Rats Nest
Post by: U.W. on October 16, 2013, 01:47:29 PM
Great photos, and great looking paddle bro!  The glint off the water at that swirl, the big 'ole fat burl, and even the drinking grey squirrel - I've gotta share your photos with my girl
I've only seen a squirrel drink once, and it too was from a craft powered by paddle. 
Soon all the trees will be ablaze with color again, and when it comes that paddle is gonna be even nicer I bet.


Thanks for posting up the photos!


u.w.
Title: Re: River Rats Nest
Post by: upthecreek on October 21, 2013, 04:33:06 AM
Yesterday was a beautiful day so I hit the river again. Wasn't alot of water flowing but was nice to get out anyway. Testing out the new camera and trying to see the heron was the main goal.

(http://i817.photobucket.com/albums/zz100/tottaway/outings%202013/IMG_0045.jpg) (http://s817.photobucket.com/user/tottaway/media/outings%202013/IMG_0045.jpg.html)

(http://i817.photobucket.com/albums/zz100/tottaway/outings%202013/IMG_0047.jpg) (http://s817.photobucket.com/user/tottaway/media/outings%202013/IMG_0047.jpg.html)

This is suppose to be the remains of a native fish trap, and a cool reflection

(http://i817.photobucket.com/albums/zz100/tottaway/outings%202013/IMG_0048.jpg) (http://s817.photobucket.com/user/tottaway/media/outings%202013/IMG_0048.jpg.html)

Some ripples and rocks

(http://i817.photobucket.com/albums/zz100/tottaway/outings%202013/IMG_0049.jpg) (http://s817.photobucket.com/user/tottaway/media/outings%202013/IMG_0049.jpg.html)

(http://i817.photobucket.com/albums/zz100/tottaway/outings%202013/IMG_0056.jpg) (http://s817.photobucket.com/user/tottaway/media/outings%202013/IMG_0056.jpg.html)

(http://i817.photobucket.com/albums/zz100/tottaway/outings%202013/IMG_0057.jpg) (http://s817.photobucket.com/user/tottaway/media/outings%202013/IMG_0057.jpg.html)

(http://i817.photobucket.com/albums/zz100/tottaway/outings%202013/IMG_0060.jpg) (http://s817.photobucket.com/user/tottaway/media/outings%202013/IMG_0060.jpg.html)

(http://i817.photobucket.com/albums/zz100/tottaway/outings%202013/IMG_0061.jpg) (http://s817.photobucket.com/user/tottaway/media/outings%202013/IMG_0061.jpg.html)

Beautiful blue sky

(http://i817.photobucket.com/albums/zz100/tottaway/outings%202013/IMG_0063.jpg) (http://s817.photobucket.com/user/tottaway/media/outings%202013/IMG_0063.jpg.html)

Finally saw my buddy

(http://i817.photobucket.com/albums/zz100/tottaway/outings%202013/IMG_0050.jpg) (http://s817.photobucket.com/user/tottaway/media/outings%202013/IMG_0050.jpg.html)

Yours truly loading up
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And the boats new home

(http://i817.photobucket.com/albums/zz100/tottaway/outings%202013/IMG_0072.jpg) (http://s817.photobucket.com/user/tottaway/media/outings%202013/IMG_0072.jpg.html)

Another fun day

Creek  :canoe:

edit cause I'm an idiot :)
 
Title: Re: River Rats Nest
Post by: upthecreek on November 10, 2013, 05:17:33 AM
Explored a lower part of the Smith river yesterday. A few things didn't go in my favor. First was the weatherman's "high in the lower 60's and sunny". Stayed 52 and cloudy. No real biggie but a little sunshine would have gone a long way. Secondly was that this is a stretch of the river I haven't been on in several years and I had forgotten how damned rocky it was. Will been a fantastic trip during generation/high water. I found myself getting the boots wet a few times yesterday and doing the humpty hump to clear shallows more than too often. Did see some cool stuff and the fresh air is always good anyways.

This is the put in spot. A small creek that leads to the river. I knew the flow of Marrowbone Creek didn't bode well for the days trip.

(http://i817.photobucket.com/albums/zz100/tottaway/outings%202013/IMG_0095.jpg) (http://s817.photobucket.com/user/tottaway/media/outings%202013/IMG_0095.jpg.html)

I got a bunch of pictures of rocks!

(http://i817.photobucket.com/albums/zz100/tottaway/outings%202013/IMG_0097.jpg) (http://s817.photobucket.com/user/tottaway/media/outings%202013/IMG_0097.jpg.html)

(http://i817.photobucket.com/albums/zz100/tottaway/outings%202013/IMG_0106.jpg) (http://s817.photobucket.com/user/tottaway/media/outings%202013/IMG_0106.jpg.html)

(http://i817.photobucket.com/albums/zz100/tottaway/outings%202013/IMG_0110.jpg) (http://s817.photobucket.com/user/tottaway/media/outings%202013/IMG_0110.jpg.html)

(http://i817.photobucket.com/albums/zz100/tottaway/outings%202013/IMG_0116.jpg) (http://s817.photobucket.com/user/tottaway/media/outings%202013/IMG_0116.jpg.html)

(http://i817.photobucket.com/albums/zz100/tottaway/outings%202013/IMG_0119.jpg) (http://s817.photobucket.com/user/tottaway/media/outings%202013/IMG_0119.jpg.html)

(http://i817.photobucket.com/albums/zz100/tottaway/outings%202013/IMG_0107.jpg) (http://s817.photobucket.com/user/tottaway/media/outings%202013/IMG_0107.jpg.html)

Looks like maybe 2 small caves in these rocks we passed. Will be fun to inspect closer sometime. My girlfriend wasn't crazy about the idea of paying a visit.

(http://i817.photobucket.com/albums/zz100/tottaway/outings%202013/IMG_0120.jpg) (http://s817.photobucket.com/user/tottaway/media/outings%202013/IMG_0120.jpg.html)

I figure these to be the leftovers from one of the various birds supper

(http://i817.photobucket.com/albums/zz100/tottaway/outings%202013/IMG_0112.jpg) (http://s817.photobucket.com/user/tottaway/media/outings%202013/IMG_0112.jpg.html)

Found this old tree that's been turned into a bird duplex

(http://i817.photobucket.com/albums/zz100/tottaway/outings%202013/IMG_0103.jpg) (http://s817.photobucket.com/user/tottaway/media/outings%202013/IMG_0103.jpg.html)

(http://i817.photobucket.com/albums/zz100/tottaway/outings%202013/IMG_0105.jpg) (http://s817.photobucket.com/user/tottaway/media/outings%202013/IMG_0105.jpg.html)

I did see one heron. Couldn't get close to that one. Our treat of the day was a mating pair of Bald eagles that we worried to death as we floated. If you look close in this pic you can see the hind end of one of them.

(http://i817.photobucket.com/albums/zz100/tottaway/outings%202013/IMG_0121.jpg) (http://s817.photobucket.com/user/tottaway/media/outings%202013/IMG_0121.jpg.html)

We ran under this little beauty. Would feel for the wise guy who felt the urge to mess with them. Was about 6 feet off the water

(http://i817.photobucket.com/albums/zz100/tottaway/outings%202013/IMG_0101.jpg) (http://s817.photobucket.com/user/tottaway/media/outings%202013/IMG_0101.jpg.html)

Wasn't the most pleasant day and I got more exercise than I bargained for...but beat the hell out of television. Got our eyes on some fish too. Will be a fun ride when I can catch a good flow!

Thanks for looking

Creek  :canoe:
Title: Re: River Rats Nest
Post by: Yellowyak on November 10, 2013, 05:43:50 AM
Great shots. Reminds me of some areas of Kentucky that I grew up in. Thanks for sharing.
Title: Re: River Rats Nest
Post by: WI_Woodsman on November 10, 2013, 08:05:53 AM
Cody's (my godson) birthday was about a month ago and when I asked him what he wanted for his birthday he replied, "I want you to take me camping"!  What can I say, nothing could warm the cackles of my heart more than that response...

So I decided to take him up the Fox River to a little island I camp on.  Since the island doesn't have much firewood I brought some along.

(http://i1066.photobucket.com/albums/u412/WI_WoodsMan/IMG_4223.jpg)

While I paddled the supplies in the canoe I let him paddle around and explore the the river ahead in my kayak.

(http://i1066.photobucket.com/albums/u412/WI_WoodsMan/IMG_4222.jpg)

We don't plan to use all the firewood and since the island floods I had Cody stack the wood in the crotch of a Maple tree.

(http://i1066.photobucket.com/albums/u412/WI_WoodsMan/IMG_4227.jpg) 

I didn't get a chance to take many pictures of the rest of our evening but the next morning I had Cody stoke up the fire and get some breakfast going.

(http://i1066.photobucket.com/albums/u412/WI_WoodsMan/IMG_4229.jpg)

I gave Cody his first coffee pot here he's proudly using it to boil some water for hot coco.

(http://i1066.photobucket.com/albums/u412/WI_WoodsMan/IMG_4232.jpg)

Cody learned last night how to deal with a scalding hot coffee pot...

(http://i1066.photobucket.com/albums/u412/WI_WoodsMan/IMG_4233.jpg)

Coco served he was very proud of his accomplishments.

(http://i1066.photobucket.com/albums/u412/WI_WoodsMan/IMG_4234.jpg)

At Cody's request I brought out some bacon for his birthday breakfast but I deliberately left my skillet at home, I wanted to see what cleaver devise he'd make to remedy this little problem.  It took him a few minutes but he came up with a solution, he busted out his Mora Companion and began to debark a maple branch.

(http://i1066.photobucket.com/albums/u412/WI_WoodsMan/IMG_4238.jpg)

...And here was his solution, not the fastest way of cooking bacon but it worked!

(http://i1066.photobucket.com/albums/u412/WI_WoodsMan/IMG_4242.jpg)

After breakfast we headed back.

(http://i1066.photobucket.com/albums/u412/WI_WoodsMan/IMG_4244.jpg)

Looking back at it, Cody really took me camping for his birthday, I think he just wanted to show me his skills.  From stacking wood to splitting it to setting up camp and cooking he really impressed me, I'm really proud of him, he's becoming quite the woodsman!   :thumbsup:
 

 
Title: Re: River Rats Nest
Post by: upthecreek on November 10, 2013, 08:16:56 AM
Now that is the goods my friend.  WI, I just couldn't imagine it getting much better. Thanks for posting it up! Getting the youngsters involved in and enjoying the outdoors is the best gift us old folks can give. I think.

Creek
Title: Re: River Rats Nest
Post by: SwampHanger on November 10, 2013, 09:11:38 AM
WI great trip for you to share thanks. Everytime I take young guys out canoeing and camping it makes me aware of how important it is for us to take them. My nephew still talks about our first trip and the things we did. I just wish I had time to take them all the time.
Title: River Rats Nest
Post by: upthecreek on December 14, 2013, 09:34:57 AM
Was suppose to go down the river in my solo today with a friend. Was suppose to be snowing and was looking forward to going. Only me and the rain showed up....

(http://i817.photobucket.com/albums/zz100/tottaway/outings%202013/IMG_0240.jpg) (http://s817.photobucket.com/user/tottaway/media/outings%202013/IMG_0240.jpg.html)

Since my buddy didn't show, I figured I'd paddle some flat water. This place is real pretty but it was just too much water falling from the sky...

(http://i817.photobucket.com/albums/zz100/tottaway/outings%202013/IMG_0242.jpg) (http://s817.photobucket.com/user/tottaway/media/outings%202013/IMG_0242.jpg.html)

One intrepid soul was out paddling...I think he was in a Mohawk too! I guess he wanted to be on the water even worse than me.

(http://i817.photobucket.com/albums/zz100/tottaway/outings%202013/IMG_0243.jpg) (http://s817.photobucket.com/user/tottaway/media/outings%202013/IMG_0243.jpg.html)

Almost made it

Creek  :canoe:

Title: Re: River Rats Nest
Post by: wolfy on December 14, 2013, 01:13:14 PM
The ONE thing that pi$$es me off worse than anything else is people that keep me waiting, never show up or even have the decency CALL to tell me why! :pissed:

It could have been LOTS worse, though......you could have been waiting in a shopping mall! :doh:
Title: Re: River Rats Nest
Post by: upthecreek on December 14, 2013, 01:39:37 PM
The ONE thing that pi$$es me off worse than anything else is people that keep me waiting, never show up or even have the decency CALL to tell me why! :pissed:

It could have been LOTS worse, though......you could have been waiting in a shopping mall! :doh:

Amen brother!

Creek  :canoe:
Title: Re: River Rats Nest
Post by: PetrifiedWood on December 15, 2013, 01:46:53 PM
Haven't popped in here for a while. Lots of great pictures! Makes me want to take a trip and rent a canoe!
Title: River Rats Nest
Post by: upthecreek on December 15, 2013, 06:54:07 PM
Well since yesterday went to crap I was having a fit to hit the river...so I did. 8:30 am and a crisp 34 degrees.

(http://i817.photobucket.com/albums/zz100/tottaway/outings%202013/IMG_0253.jpg) (http://s817.photobucket.com/user/tottaway/media/outings%202013/IMG_0253.jpg.html)

Broke a rule about going by myself but I had my support team on call. I was happy for the Sealline bag today. Nice to know I had some dry clothes and boots if things went south..or wet. Thanks again Beanbag :)

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Was just a very pleasant paddle, nice flow of water today

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cool duck

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scared some geese....crappy photo..

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only shot of the heron

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stretched my legs on this kinda dry spot

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While I was waiting on my ride I stumbled on this BIG vine. Wonder how long this things been growing

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(http://i817.photobucket.com/albums/zz100/tottaway/outings%202013/IMG_0276.jpg) (http://s817.photobucket.com/user/tottaway/media/outings%202013/IMG_0276.jpg.html)

Turned very windy. Glad I got out early

Creek  :canoe:

Title: Re: River Rats Nest
Post by: SwampHanger on January 03, 2014, 03:47:50 AM
Glad someone got out! Every weekend I've had off a front comes through. Used not to bother me as much but with a 5 yr old in tow momma keeps more of an eye on the weather. Lol
Title: Re: River Rats Nest
Post by: OutdoorEnvy on January 03, 2014, 06:54:44 AM
Nice paddle time creek.  That's always a good pick me up when you're having one of those days.  I like seeing the wooden paddle in the canoe :)
Title: Re: River Rats Nest
Post by: kanukkarhu on January 03, 2014, 07:26:34 AM
Awesome stuff in here. Must come back when I've more time! :)
Title: River Rats Nest
Post by: upthecreek on February 02, 2014, 07:05:03 PM
Got on the water today! The weather was very mild! Me and my honey took a little trip on the flat water.

(http://i817.photobucket.com/albums/zz100/tottaway/outings%202014/IMG_0494.jpg) (http://s817.photobucket.com/user/tottaway/media/outings%202014/IMG_0494.jpg.html)

The river looks a bit cold and wintery but it sure was nice to be out.

(http://i817.photobucket.com/albums/zz100/tottaway/outings%202014/IMG_0495.jpg) (http://s817.photobucket.com/user/tottaway/media/outings%202014/IMG_0495.jpg.html)

(http://i817.photobucket.com/albums/zz100/tottaway/outings%202014/IMG_0507.jpg) (http://s817.photobucket.com/user/tottaway/media/outings%202014/IMG_0507.jpg.html)

I didn't see a lot of critters but I know they are close by

(http://i817.photobucket.com/albums/zz100/tottaway/outings%202014/IMG_0504.jpg) (http://s817.photobucket.com/user/tottaway/media/outings%202014/IMG_0504.jpg.html)

(http://i817.photobucket.com/albums/zz100/tottaway/outings%202014/IMG_0502.jpg) (http://s817.photobucket.com/user/tottaway/media/outings%202014/IMG_0502.jpg.html)

(http://i817.photobucket.com/albums/zz100/tottaway/outings%202014/IMG_0498.jpg) (http://s817.photobucket.com/user/tottaway/media/outings%202014/IMG_0498.jpg.html)

(http://i817.photobucket.com/albums/zz100/tottaway/outings%202014/IMG_0497.jpg) (http://s817.photobucket.com/user/tottaway/media/outings%202014/IMG_0497.jpg.html)

The ice is not far behind either

(http://i817.photobucket.com/albums/zz100/tottaway/outings%202014/IMG_0500.jpg) (http://s817.photobucket.com/user/tottaway/media/outings%202014/IMG_0500.jpg.html)

So nice to put an oar in the water

Creek  :canoe:
Title: Re: River Rats Nest
Post by: wolfy on February 02, 2014, 07:16:15 PM
The Missouri is a solid sheet of ice up here, yet.......torture seeing you out on the water already! :-\
Title: River Rats Nest
Post by: rtaylor129 on February 02, 2014, 07:23:23 PM
That looked fun my friend
Title: Re: River Rats Nest
Post by: SwampHanger on February 03, 2014, 01:52:55 AM
Looks great Creek. Hopeing for good weather Friday so I can get out.
Title: Re: River Rats Nest
Post by: SwampHanger on March 17, 2014, 10:25:53 AM
http://bladesandbushcraft.com/index.php/topic,8519.0.html

4 day 53 mile trip we took 3/13/14 The Krac's
Title: Re: River Rats Nest
Post by: SwampHanger on March 21, 2014, 04:12:20 AM
All right guys you should be thawing ouy up there. Any plans on paddleing or trips not posted up yet? Going today to look at a bigger canoe so as to have plenty of room for my son and I. I really hope this deal works out. Either way he wants to go on the river tomorrow so I should have some pics for ya.
Title: Re: River Rats Nest
Post by: upthecreek on March 21, 2014, 04:17:52 AM
As soon as my kitchen remodel is finished I'll be out   :canoe:

Creek
Title: Re: River Rats Nest
Post by: upthecreek on May 08, 2014, 01:03:03 PM
This neglected thread needs some love  :canoe:

Creek
Title: Re: River Rats Nest
Post by: upthecreek on May 26, 2014, 03:14:46 PM
Was hoping to get out today but was no water flowing. Paddled the flats yesterday. Nothing real exciting but was good to get out.

Lots of slow water and sunshine.

(http://i817.photobucket.com/albums/zz100/tottaway/outings%202014/IMG_0645.jpg) (http://s817.photobucket.com/user/tottaway/media/outings%202014/IMG_0645.jpg.html)

Can't remember what these little dwellers are called but they are busy busy..

(http://i817.photobucket.com/albums/zz100/tottaway/outings%202014/IMG_0647.jpg) (http://s817.photobucket.com/user/tottaway/media/outings%202014/IMG_0647.jpg.html)

(http://i817.photobucket.com/albums/zz100/tottaway/outings%202014/IMG_0648.jpg) (http://s817.photobucket.com/user/tottaway/media/outings%202014/IMG_0648.jpg.html)

The honeysuckle was smelling good too :)

(http://i817.photobucket.com/albums/zz100/tottaway/outings%202014/IMG_0651.jpg) (http://s817.photobucket.com/user/tottaway/media/outings%202014/IMG_0651.jpg.html)

This is where we turned around and headed back down.

(http://i817.photobucket.com/albums/zz100/tottaway/outings%202014/IMG_0652.jpg) (http://s817.photobucket.com/user/tottaway/media/outings%202014/IMG_0652.jpg.html)

Water was clear and cold. you can just barely see a few clams..

(http://i817.photobucket.com/albums/zz100/tottaway/outings%202014/IMG_0653.jpg) (http://s817.photobucket.com/user/tottaway/media/outings%202014/IMG_0653.jpg.html)

Remnants of some critters lunch

(http://i817.photobucket.com/albums/zz100/tottaway/outings%202014/IMG_0654.jpg) (http://s817.photobucket.com/user/tottaway/media/outings%202014/IMG_0654.jpg.html)

The always wonderful canopy of sycamores

(http://i817.photobucket.com/albums/zz100/tottaway/outings%202014/IMG_0658.jpg) (http://s817.photobucket.com/user/tottaway/media/outings%202014/IMG_0658.jpg.html)

Glad everything is green. Nice to be outdoors.

Creek  :canoe:
Title: Re: River Rats Nest
Post by: wolfy on May 26, 2014, 05:01:51 PM
Nice outing, Creek!   I think those may be cliff swallow nests. :shrug:
Title: Re: River Rats Nest
Post by: upthecreek on May 26, 2014, 05:41:08 PM
thanks wolfy. I think you are correct in that they are a swallow...of some sort. I identified them before but.... well ..you know :)

Creek
Title: Re: River Rats Nest
Post by: zammer on May 26, 2014, 06:16:26 PM
Thanks for the pics creek, glad you got a chance to get out and get some river time... :canoe:
Title: Re: River Rats Nest
Post by: upthecreek on June 15, 2014, 02:30:00 PM
Forgot my boat when I packed for the Bushcraft Bully meet up this weekend (no kidding). In case you've forgotten what I look like, I found this pic of me with my shirt on backwards for my fans  :rofl:

(http://i817.photobucket.com/albums/zz100/tottaway/outings%202014/100_5598.jpg) (http://s817.photobucket.com/user/tottaway/media/outings%202014/100_5598.jpg.html)

Creek  :canoe:
Title: Re: River Rats Nest
Post by: SwampHanger on June 15, 2014, 04:51:56 PM
We all have to plan a group paddle some where in between us all. I do believe it would be incredible fun.
Title: Re: River Rats Nest
Post by: upthecreek on June 29, 2014, 07:13:37 PM
I have to go back to work tomorrow :( 10 days off is good till it ends. Went on the flats today. 78 degress and overcast.

(http://i817.photobucket.com/albums/zz100/tottaway/outings%202014/IMG_0816.jpg) (http://s817.photobucket.com/user/tottaway/media/outings%202014/IMG_0816.jpg.html)

Creek  :canoe:
Title: River Rats Nest/Good water
Post by: upthecreek on July 29, 2014, 10:59:33 AM
Had a bunch of water flowing last night so Karen and I took a trip. Was a wonderfully cool evening.

(http://i817.photobucket.com/albums/zz100/tottaway/outings%202014/IMG_0898.jpg) (http://s817.photobucket.com/user/tottaway/media/outings%202014/IMG_0898.jpg.html)

(http://i817.photobucket.com/albums/zz100/tottaway/outings%202014/IMG_0899.jpg) (http://s817.photobucket.com/user/tottaway/media/outings%202014/IMG_0899.jpg.html)

This is my friend the heron, was hoping to find him to show to Mr Needham :)

(http://i817.photobucket.com/albums/zz100/tottaway/outings%202014/IMG_0905.jpg) (http://s817.photobucket.com/user/tottaway/media/outings%202014/IMG_0905.jpg.html)

The sky was beautiful

(http://i817.photobucket.com/albums/zz100/tottaway/outings%202014/IMG_0915.jpg) (http://s817.photobucket.com/user/tottaway/media/outings%202014/IMG_0915.jpg.html)

Always nice to see a smile on this face

(http://i817.photobucket.com/albums/zz100/tottaway/outings%202014/IMG_0911.jpg) (http://s817.photobucket.com/user/tottaway/media/outings%202014/IMG_0911.jpg.html)

Creek  :canoe:
Title: Re: River Rats Nest
Post by: Spyder1958 on July 29, 2014, 05:57:39 PM
Looks like a good evening creek, what's your evening temps? I need a day on the water.
Title: Re: River Rats Nest
Post by: upthecreek on July 29, 2014, 06:24:15 PM
The air was about 70 lastnight...the water is 50 :)

Creek
Title: Re: River Rats Nest
Post by: crashdive123 on July 29, 2014, 07:57:41 PM
Looks like a great day for a paddle.
Title: Re: River Rats Nest
Post by: upthecreek on August 05, 2014, 07:27:09 PM
Flowers still blooming like crazy. Karen and I were able to get out Sunday for a little while. Was beautiful.

(http://i817.photobucket.com/albums/zz100/tottaway/outings%202014/IMG_0933.jpg) (http://s817.photobucket.com/user/tottaway/media/outings%202014/IMG_0933.jpg.html)

(http://i817.photobucket.com/albums/zz100/tottaway/outings%202014/IMG_0950.jpg) (http://s817.photobucket.com/user/tottaway/media/outings%202014/IMG_0950.jpg.html)

(http://i817.photobucket.com/albums/zz100/tottaway/outings%202014/IMG_0956.jpg) (http://s817.photobucket.com/user/tottaway/media/outings%202014/IMG_0956.jpg.html)

Hibiscus every where

(http://i817.photobucket.com/albums/zz100/tottaway/outings%202014/IMG_0929.jpg) (http://s817.photobucket.com/user/tottaway/media/outings%202014/IMG_0929.jpg.html)

A few of my other favorite things :)

(http://i817.photobucket.com/albums/zz100/tottaway/outings%202014/IMG_0941.jpg) (http://s817.photobucket.com/user/tottaway/media/outings%202014/IMG_0941.jpg.html)

Creek  :canoe:
Title: Re: River Rats Nest
Post by: upthecreek on September 21, 2014, 04:32:13 PM
Slow going on the water this weekend but was nice to be out. 78 degrees but the sun blazing!

(http://i817.photobucket.com/albums/zz100/tottaway/outings%202014/100_5741.jpg) (http://s817.photobucket.com/user/tottaway/media/outings%202014/100_5741.jpg.html)

(http://i817.photobucket.com/albums/zz100/tottaway/outings%202014/100_5742.jpg) (http://s817.photobucket.com/user/tottaway/media/outings%202014/100_5742.jpg.html)

Ran into a little Blue Heron. Nice to know they are building their families. He's kinda hard to see. I figure he was about 12 inches tall.

(http://i817.photobucket.com/albums/zz100/tottaway/outings%202014/100_5747.jpg) (http://s817.photobucket.com/user/tottaway/media/outings%202014/100_5747.jpg.html)

I ran into this little dwelling as well. Decided to leave it the hell alone :)

(http://i817.photobucket.com/albums/zz100/tottaway/outings%202014/100_5745.jpg) (http://s817.photobucket.com/user/tottaway/media/outings%202014/100_5745.jpg.html)

My favorite trestle. It's been around a while.

(http://i817.photobucket.com/albums/zz100/tottaway/outings%202014/100_5743.jpg) (http://s817.photobucket.com/user/tottaway/media/outings%202014/100_5743.jpg.html)

Nothing to exciting but way better than tv  :canoe:

Creek
Title: Re: River Rats Nest
Post by: SwampHanger on September 21, 2014, 04:38:00 PM
I agree a lot better than tv. The family and I went to a museum in the forest and checked on a few trails I'm gonna backpack this fall.
Title: Re: River Rats Nest
Post by: crashdive123 on September 21, 2014, 05:57:40 PM
+2 on better than TV.
Title: Re: River Rats Nest
Post by: upthecreek on May 17, 2015, 09:08:20 AM
My son is in from school. We took a little ride on the river this morning. We had a blast, no matter how dissatisfied I look in this photo. They sure grow up fast. We made up for a lot of time apart in these 2 hours.

(http://i817.photobucket.com/albums/zz100/tottaway/100_6233.jpg) (http://s817.photobucket.com/user/tottaway/media/100_6233.jpg.html)

Creek :canoe:
Title: Re: River Rats Nest
Post by: Wilderbeast on May 17, 2015, 11:00:00 AM
I'm glad you are having a nice visit with Patrick, but what in God's name are you doing wearing a Yankee's shirt?

You're about as Yankee as grits and chicken fried steak.
Title: Re: River Rats Nest
Post by: upthecreek on May 17, 2015, 06:04:03 PM
I like the yanks.... :shrug:  ... but...

Then Karen and I went a little north this afternoon and paddled around some more!

(http://i817.photobucket.com/albums/zz100/tottaway/100_6234.jpg) (http://s817.photobucket.com/user/tottaway/media/100_6234.jpg.html)

Creek  :cheers:
Title: Re: River Rats Nest
Post by: upthecreek on June 07, 2015, 07:03:07 PM
Went on the flat water today. Was very sunny till we got there.

(http://i817.photobucket.com/albums/zz100/tottaway/Outings%202015/IMG_1331.jpg) (http://s817.photobucket.com/user/tottaway/media/Outings%202015/IMG_1331.jpg.html)

Hibicus and cat tails will be entertaining us soon

(http://i817.photobucket.com/albums/zz100/tottaway/Outings%202015/IMG_1334.jpg) (http://s817.photobucket.com/user/tottaway/media/Outings%202015/IMG_1334.jpg.html)

Took some old friends along too.

(http://i817.photobucket.com/albums/zz100/tottaway/Outings%202015/IMG_1335.jpg) (http://s817.photobucket.com/user/tottaway/media/Outings%202015/IMG_1335.jpg.html)

Creek
Title: Re: River Rats Nest
Post by: upthecreek on July 05, 2015, 04:54:18 AM
July 4th outing!

The weather was iffy but we had a nice ride. The sun was hot when the clouds weren't hiding it and we had a good flow. Wasn't able get any animal pics but we saw a lot of activity as we traveled.

(http://i817.photobucket.com/albums/zz100/tottaway/river%20run/IMG_1411.jpg) (http://s817.photobucket.com/user/tottaway/media/river%20run/IMG_1411.jpg.html)

(http://i817.photobucket.com/albums/zz100/tottaway/river%20run/IMG_1412.jpg) (http://s817.photobucket.com/user/tottaway/media/river%20run/IMG_1412.jpg.html)

(http://i817.photobucket.com/albums/zz100/tottaway/river%20run/IMG_1415.jpg) (http://s817.photobucket.com/user/tottaway/media/river%20run/IMG_1415.jpg.html)

(http://i817.photobucket.com/albums/zz100/tottaway/river%20run/IMG_1417.jpg) (http://s817.photobucket.com/user/tottaway/media/river%20run/IMG_1417.jpg.html)

(http://i817.photobucket.com/albums/zz100/tottaway/river%20run/IMG_1419.jpg) (http://s817.photobucket.com/user/tottaway/media/river%20run/IMG_1419.jpg.html)

We stayed on the river for about 2 1/2 hours and it started raining 15 minutes after we got out. Was a great day.

Creek