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    Smile Paddle trip through flooded area

    We've been getting tons of rain the last few weeks, and that, in combination with the heavy snowfall (and subsequent melt) we had this winter/spring, resulted in crazy flooding...

    Knowing that it is unwise to go paddling in flooded rivers, and worse to do it solo, I waited until my wife was out of town for the weekend before I grabbed my boat and went out on a local river to explore the flooded river valley...



    The water was around 40 degrees, and it was odd to paddle over the State Forest Preserve...



    I had a great time slaloming my way through the forest of tree trunks...



    I was very glad to have my GPS with me today, lots of the time my boat was gliding over what my GPS indicated was dry land, and having a touchstone to keep me on the right track was a comforting thing...it was very easy to get turned around in the trees...



    Once I joined the Raquette River, the current picked up and it got even trickier to wend my way through the trunks and branches...at one point, I poked my 260cm paddle down into the water right next to one of the trees, and couldn't touch the bottom...



    At the bottom of my paddle route, I found the DEC sign-in box stranded in 4 feet of water...normally this box is well up the shore from the launch, but today I was able to paddle up to it to fill out the book...

    It was a great trip, although in the future I would love to do it again with a group of similar crazies, and suspend hammocks for lunch-breaks and maybe even for camping over the water...the greyness of the day and lack of people or wildlife along the flooded route reminded me of "The Road"...

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    That is some serious flooding you have there. Great pics dude. If you're talking about the book/movie "The Road," I hope to god it wasn't like that. That was the most depressing thing I have ever seen in my entire life and it looks like you had a fun time.

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    looks like a cool trip!
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    That was definitely wild to say the least great pics

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    I've done that. The moment I remember was paddling up to a tree stand.
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    looks like you had fun. I could only image it would seem a little creepy, but a awesome kind of creepy. I would love to try to hang over water from my canoe.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NFA View Post
    Knowing that it is unwise to go paddling in flooded rivers, and worse to do it solo, I waited until my wife was out of town for the weekend before I grabbed my boat and went out on a local river to explore the flooded river valley...
    You way of thinking sounds like mine!
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    It must have been weird canoeing a trail you hiked . . .
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    Are your family and friends all dry? I heard that flooding was extensive.
    I've paddled in spots like that in the spring and it is an erie feeling.
    I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. - E. B. White (1899 - 1985)

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    Very Cool Canoeing a Hiking Trail Thanks For the Share.

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