I've heard that before about the water level on the Rappa. We were acutally going to be doing from Ely's Ford down to the Outfitter's dock in Fredricksburg. It's only 19 miles...leisurely overnighter for the camping impaired. My girlfriend actually has a completely unnatural fear of the James based on the "yuckiness" of it around Richmond. Not sure time frame. Definitely once it gets warmer around May or so. The cold doesn't bother me, but I'm the one who will kick me out of bed if she has a horrible trip.
Not all who wander are lost - J.R.R. Tolkein
Besides, if we get lost, we just pull in somewheres and ask directions - Captain Ron