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  • #3780
    cmnypny
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    22-Apr-2007

    Lower Head and Washago Black all in one day.

    Water Level: 8.268 on Washago Black gauge

    This report will be shorter than my previous ones as I am tired, sore, and almost falling asleep but I had to get it done or the others would have called me a slacker.

    Well today the weather was frickin hot. We did two rivers trips in one day.

    The open boaters in the group were Ryan who drove down from North Bay, Derek, Neil and myself.

    The lonely kayaker in the group was Val … wait a minute I stand corrected … Val does not like to be referred to as the lonely kayaker as he stated he wasn’t lonely. He is now to be known as the Lone Ranger and his faithful sidekick (boat) Tonto.

    We all met at Timmy Who’s and were on the water by 10am. We paddled up to Stone Wall rapids and worked it pretty hard as we were slowly going down the down the river.

    We had a blast at the second chute below Husky Rapids. We were there for a while running the chute at different angles, surfing, and ferrying like mad. We had a great run down the rest of the river.

    It was about 1pm by the time we were done and we were hungry. I made damn sure I paid Neil the 5 bucks I owed him for a previously made bet. We basically had a pigfest at Timmy Who’s. Between the five of us we had 6 fruit tarts, 6 butter tarts, feta cheese stuff hot peppers, 2 types of stuffed olives, and a big loaf of bread. Two of the guys still managed to put down sandwiches on top of that. I also had a small sandwich that I brought with me. All I can say is if you have never had the stuffed peppers or olives … try them … they are excellent.

    We then head over to the Washago Black. I have never seen so many vehicles at the take out before … hmmmm …. Must be that the fair weather paddlers are back!

    Neil decided to launch off the steep hill below the guard rail. He did not swim but he did take on a boat load of water when he played submarine. I offered him 20 bucks to seal launch of the bridge but he wimped out.

    We had fun at baby ender. If was nice to see that the big chunk of the fallen tree was missing.

    The surf wave above the lunch rock was fun.

    Everyone ran Bell Ringer … some more than others. We also ran log splitter at the bottom of the middle channel. After that we headed down around the corner towards Pinkies … we finally caught up to some other boaters. I said hello to some OC1 boater chicks and kayaker chick on the way down to Pinkies. Most of us caught the first eddy on the right below the first wave. We did not even hit the local guy smoking pot and doing his dishes in the river. The Lone Ranger and his faithful sidekick Tonto had excellent surf time in on the second wave back.

    After that is was off to the takeout. It was 5pm by the time we had the boats one their respective vehicles and changed. Everyone said that had a great day on the rivers. All I can say is that I will have no problem sleeping tonight.

    Next weekend should be a blast as we are heading over to the Middle Mad. My trip report for next weekend will be delayed by at least a week as I will be also be up watching the 2007 Worlds at the Ottawa River cheering on my fellow RiverJunkie team mate Jenny-RightSide as she will most likely be competing in the SquirtBoat competition. And also due to the fact my dad is on frickin dialup. He would prefer high speed but the only problem is it ends on the road behind him.

    We took 170 pictures on the Lower Head and 205 on the Washago Black. And I managed to be in some of them. It’s nice to have others that know how to use a digital SLR camera. I will leave the pictures up for a couple of weeks.

    Lower Head pictures:

    [url:3h7c8v8v]http://picasaweb.google.com/cmnypny/20070422LowerHead[/url:3h7c8v8v]

    Washago Black pictures:

    [url:3h7c8v8v]http://picasaweb.google.com/cmnypny/20070422WashagoBlack[/url:3h7c8v8v]

    p.s. Greg … all I can say is you missed a great day. Hope to see you next weekend.

    #25857
    joat
    Participant

    Thanks for all the great trip reports. Is the digital SLR new? The quality of the photos was awesome.

    Mike

    #25858
    cmnypny
    Participant
    "joat":2k0kunuo wrote:
    Thanks for all the great trip reports. Is the digital SLR new? The quality of the photos was awesome.

    Mike[/quote:2k0kunuo]

    Yep … [url:2k0kunuo]http://www.pentax.ca/digital/digital_slr/k10d/index.php[/url:2k0kunuo] … and it is safe and sound in a big Pelican case. Been down the Salmon twice, Beaver Creek, and Lower Black, plus t wo trips this weekend.

    You should see the pics from the real files which are close to 3.5 – 4mb in size … 3872 by 2592 pixels … the ones I posted online are resized to 1024 x 768 150k each.

    The K10D took my existing autofocus Pentax film 50mm and 70 – 200mm zoom lenses 100%.

    I bought a 18 – 55 mm lense yesterday which is what we used for todays pics.

    My broken Optio 20 should be getting replaced by Amex soon by hopefully the new W30 which just came out …

    #25859
    joat
    Participant

    what would you put the water that you ran today at? It looks like a lot of fun, just not sure I would be able to keep up…2 or 3 for most of it?

    The Nikon D80 is on my list for next year…

    #25860
    Plumbpass
    Participant

    Excellent Photo’s Colin! Thanks for the great day of paddling guys. Let’s do that again!!!

    Ryan

    #25861
    cmnypny
    Participant
    "joat":pbarbouf wrote:
    what would you put the water that you ran today at? It looks like a lot of fun, just not sure I would be able to keep up…2 or 3 for most of it?

    The Nikon D80 is on my list for next year…[/quote:pbarbouf]

    I am not good at that part … but I would say somes 1’s … mostly 2’s. (edited to remove the 3’s see Neils comment below). Derek would be better at that then me.

    I just look at it and say ok lets doit <img loading=” title=”Very Happy” /> or go no frickin way <img loading=” title=”Sad” />

    You just have to look at the consequences of where your going to get pushed to if you screw up or swim and listen to the voice in your head that says yes or no. My confidence level has come way up with all the paddling I have done this spring on rivers I have never paddled before. I have walked stuff after thinking about how long would it take to get my boat from being stuck between a rock and a tree, etc. There is no shame in walking anything.

    Just get out and paddle.

    I have always been a Pentax fan … never really played with a Nikon.

    #25862
    kneeol
    Participant

    Hey Colin

    Just wanted to say thanks for posting the trip report and pics. I always look forward to reading them and looking at the pics when we get back and reliving the day. I had a blast and I know everyone else did. I don’t think there was anything over a class 2 that we paddled on Sunday and it doesn’t have to be class 3 or 4 to be lots of fun. Anytime you want me to be the back up photographer let me know. Can’t wait till this weekend.

    SYOTR

    Neil

    #25863
    Plumbpass
    Participant

    Hey Colin, I have a question about your trip report? Wasn’t the Lone Ranger’s horse named Silver? Shouldn’t the Lone Ranger be riding Silver? Remember, "Hi Ho Silver, Away!!" :lol:

    #25864
    cmnypny
    Participant
    "Plumbpass":fr5zywuq wrote:
    Hey Colin, I have a question about your trip report? Wasn’t the Lone Ranger’s horse named Silver? Shouldn’t the Lone Ranger be riding Silver? Remember, "Hi Ho Silver, Away!!" :lol:[/quote:fr5zywuq]

    Correct about the horse but "Tonto was the sidekick of The Lone Ranger" … see [url:fr5zywuq]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tonto[/url:fr5zywuq]

    #25865
    kneeol
    Participant

    Ha ha. So the Loneranger was riding Tonto. :lol:

    #25866
    cmnypny
    Participant
    "kneeol":10712xd1 wrote:
    Ha ha. So the Loneranger was riding Tonto. :lol:[/quote:10712xd1]

    With all this heckling … maybe Val will want to go back to being the "Lonely Kayaker" :lol:

    #25867
    Plumbpass
    Participant
    "kneeol":1n9kcix6 wrote:
    Ha ha. So the Loneranger was riding Tonto. :lol:[/quote:1n9kcix6]

    I thought someone would figure that out! I didn’t want to say it. Good job kneeol!
    P.S. Just joking Val!

    #25868
    Val
    Participant

    I was joking when I said I was allergic to open boaters, but I can certainly see how one would almost beg for such an affliction. Seriously though, a funny mistake on my part. I actually prefer Colin’s spin on it, that I’m riding along with, not on my faithful sidekick.

    #25869
    Derek Mereweather
    Participant

    Val

    I don’t really remember you swimming along with "Tonto". Maybe I missed that past. You appeared to be snuggly inside "Tonto", and you were smiling an aweful lot. Being open boaters, we put one and one together and we ‘got’ that you were riding your liddle friend.

    This is probably causing you to break out in spots.

    Looking forward to the witty comebacks this weekend. <img loading=” title=”Very Happy” />

    Derek

    #25870
    giigoonh
    Participant

    Hey Guys,

    Sorry i missed yas on sunday but i had to rent a canoe from gravenhurst and they didn’t open till 10, The run was awesome. i missed yas by about a half hour. Never knew how awesome that run was and it is right in my backyard basically. Anywways, have any of you ever done the black river towards sadowa? There is whitewater there as well but im not sure how much. I might go and scout it. :roll: [quote:157lb5oq]

    life’s a garden, dig it – Joe Dirt[/quote:157lb5oq]

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