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January 2013

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Hello All,

I hope everyone has had a great winter.  I know my winter has been filled with family and friends.  I have not been as active on here as I wish, I apologize for that.  I will try again to post about all my outings whether on land or by sea.

This post is about Scott and I going for a mid winter paddle.  We did a nice trip on Saturday January 19, 2013.  We decided on going from Hyco River to Aaron's Creek.  Kerr's water levels has been low for the past few months, we dicovered after the nearly 5 inches of rain that Kerr has water again.  The Dan River between Hyco and Aaron's Creek was flowing so fast we just help on and let it rip.

The Hyco River is a great paddle with many fun islands to paddle around, although on this trip we paddled over the islands.  You will see that in the pictures below (or http://www.facebook.com/pages/Upper-Reach/120866234666406?fref=ts).  While going towards the Dan River we saw a Banded Water Snake.  It is highly unlikely to see a snake in this weather but due to the flood stage of the rivers we are sure it got kicked out of its hibernation home.  We also saw plenty of Turkey Buzzards.

Scott and I tried to paddle up the Dan and around Hyco Island but were unable to cause of the current.  The current was so strong you could hear it whimping by us.  So we decided to turn around a cruise down to Aaron's Creek.  Aaron's Creek was about 1.5 miles away but came up real fast because of the flow.  We skipped over to the mouth of Aaron's Creek and were greeted by some great rock formations and calmer water.  The take out was about 1.5 miles from the mouth.  The total trip was right around 5 miles.  You can view the maps in the trail wiki.

After this trip Scott and I stopped in the Lake House Restaurant in Clarksville VA (http://www.thelakehouseva.com/).  While there we had a chance to discuss our plans for the Loons. 

UR LOONS-  We will start our monthly paddles again in March.  We have schedule some very fun paddles all over the region.  Our paddles will be the second Saturday of every month.  Hope to see you there!!!!!!!!!!

GET OUT NOW!   

Paddle Safe my friends,

Doug

 

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