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  • #4212
    cmnypny
    Participant

    09-10 June 2007

    Water Level: 90 – 100ish

    Saturday:

    The weather was gorgeous.

    This is a combined two day trip report from paddling at Palmer Rapids this weekend.

    I haven’t paddled since Palmerfest. I have been in a really do nothing mode. I did not feel like going out this weekend. I decided to put my girlfriend on the car Friday night just incase we decided to do a road trip. I always have my paddle and camping stuff ready to go. I set the alarm for 6am which is sleeping in for me. I basically rolled back over and went to sleep when the alarm went off. I got out of bed at 8am and puttered around a bit. I decided what the hell … road trip to Palmer Rapids … lets go and we were off at 9am.

    We rolled into Palmer around 12ish. I ran into Al, Gail and Steward. I was still not motivated to paddle as it took me about 45 minutes to actually get my girlfriend off the car and suited up.

    Well I must say I had fun on Saturday. The place was packed with various boats (mostly open boats). There were lots of different courses going on in between all the recreation and slalom paddlers.

    I managed to get a lot of sweet surfs at the bottom of the left chute. I also had to chase a couple of open boats down the river and push them to shore. I even had to push a big open boat off a rock that it was stuck on. I was in a Esquif Caption at the time doing a test drive. I took about a 40 foot run right at the pinned boat and knocked it off and followed it down the river until it met its owner.

    All and all I had a blast and I am glad I got my sorry butt out of bed to paddle.

    I took lots of random pictures (around 76) of people and they can be found at:

    [url:19h4eo67]http://picasaweb.google.com/cmnypny/20070609PalmerRapids[/url:19h4eo67]

    I decided at the end of the day I would head over to Petawawa and visit my dad and step-mom.

    Sunday:

    The weather was still gorgeous. I had to stop on the side of the road and help a huge turtle across the road. I had to stop traffic until he finally made it across to the other side. I didn’t want to see him or her get flattened.

    I opted dropped the shorty top and just had on shorts and a polypro top. Today was the slalom race. I played around at the top chutes for a while and then headed down river to take pictures of the slalom race. I had a primo spot all to myself. I took over 500 pictures of the race.

    After lunch I headed for a run down the river and went back up to the chutes. All I can say is whoo hoo … had lots of fun.

    I had to post the pictures in two batches. I have them ordered by bib number:

    [url:19h4eo67]http://picasaweb.google.com/cmnypny/20070610PalmerRapidsSlalomRacePart1[/url:19h4eo67]

    [url:19h4eo67]http://picasaweb.google.com/cmnypny/20070610PalmerRapidsSlalomRacePart2[/url:19h4eo67]

    It was nice to see all the people that I have met over the years. It is nice to be part of a friendly extended family.

    I will bring some DVD’s up to the slalom race at the end of June with all the pictures on them. Let me know if you want a copy of the originals.

    #27728
    Monkeyjoe
    Participant

    Hi Collin!

    Thanks for the pictures! you got some really nice shots. It’s super nice of you to post as none of my group had cameras and it’s really great to see fab shots of friends. Gate 6 was a cool place to get some decent pictures since not all of us made it to 9 :lol:
    Anyways, thanks to the ORR for giving us an opportunity to catch up with old friends, all of us have a little competitive nature and it sure is nice to get an opprotunity to pretend we know what we are doing, are in shape…..you know the excuse drill. (of course I’m speeking just for myself :lol: )

    The YMCA course had fun as well. All in all a fun weekend!

    #27729
    cmnypny
    Participant
    "Monkeyjoe":1w6btvz3 wrote:
    Hi Collin!

    Thanks for the pictures! you got some really nice shots. It’s super nice of you to post as none of my group had cameras and it’s really great to see fab shots of friends. Gate 6 was a cool place to get some decent pictures since not all of us made it to 9 :lol:
    Anyways, thanks to the ORR for giving us an opportunity to catch up with old friends, all of us have a little competitive nature and it sure is nice to get an opprotunity to pretend we know what we are doing, are in shape…..you know the excuse drill. (of course I’m speeking just for myself :lol: )

    The YMCA course had fun as well. All in all a fun weekend![/quote:1w6btvz3]

    glad you like them.

    i had a pretty sweet spot which was protected by the rock i was leaning against … i only had to stand up to my swim shorts in water the whole time but it was worth it.

    I could get gates 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 from that one spot.

    which bib number were you?

    #27730
    Monkeyjoe
    Participant

    Gail…46…. this sign in name is normally my hubby’s

    #27731
    cmnypny
    Participant

    I will be up at the Gull on saturday to see the fun race.

    How many DVDS do I have to make up for the pictures from the Palmer Slalom race weekend?

    #27732
    DDraper
    Participant

    Colin,

    A copy of the pictures would be great. We’ve met in passing – I’m the guy paddling with Brian Shields (#49) and Ally McKenzie (#50).

    I will be at the Gull on the weekend, probably camping near Gail and Brian.

    Thanks much and see you on the river.

    David

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