4/24/08

Here are a few photos from our paddle down the Beaver River on a Beautiful spring day a couple of weeks ago. The beginning stretches of our canoeing was done through the flooded, flowering Red Maples in the low lying areas of the beaver valley. Such an amazing experience to float under these trees at this time of year. As we continued on the river slowly picked up its pace and we experienced some moderate rapids and moving water. One of the highlights of the trip was a Great Horned Owl that flew right between our two boats! Such an awesome bird of Prey. We were able to paddle past this owl as it perched close to the trunk of a bare deciduous tree, camoflaguing into the bark pattern of the tree very nicely. All around us there were sure signs of spring from the numerous bird calls to the fresh growth many new plants. Near the end of the day we went for an unplanned swim and 'bobbed' down some of the biggest rapids of our trip beside our sub-merged canoe! One moment we were in the boat and the next we were beside it, floating. Thingas like this can happen very quickly and the water was very cold. We had brought a few changes of clothes in a dry bag and were able to get out of the water and change into warm clothes quickly. This is essential seeing as the air temp that day was not many degrees above freezing and the water temp was approx. 5 degrees celcious. You need to be prepared for the the worst case scenario and all of these experiences can be positive provided you are prepared and learn from them. We had another great day of canoeing. It has been a good spring for getting out and enjoying some of the high water on our local rivers. I'm thankful for these experiences and look forward to the many paddling adventures to come in the future. Also a special thanks to my paddling partners on these excursions.

Happy Paddling

Alexis













4/7/08

Bighead River Run

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After being inspired and having so much fun on Saturday my brother and I went out and paddled the lower section of the Bighead River and out into Georgian Bay near the Meaford Harbour. This river had more water and 'flow' then the Mad River and the waves and rapids attested to this fact. We both took on a little more water as we each paddled our own canoes down the rolling rapids. We had a great time and Simon enjoyed 'breaking' in his new canoe on its maiden voyage. What an amazing time of year to experience some moderate whitewater on one of Southern Ontario's beautiful rivers. I encourage you all to get out and experience some of these scenic places and take in the energy of the water and the spring as we enter this new and exciting season. REMEMBER that the water is VERY COLD and it's a good idea to have all of the proper gear including dry clothes, ropes, bailing buckets, etc... with you if you plan on paddling at this time of year!




Until next trip




Happy Paddling

Mad River Run






Last weekend 12 of us and 6 canoes spent the afternoon paddling down the Mad River in Southern Ontario. The Mad is a tributary of the Nottawasaga River which empties into Georgian Bay at Wasaga Beach. The water was cold and moving at a good pace in this beautiful River and we enjoyed one of the first warm, sunny days of Spring. Here's a few photos of our short trip.


Happy Paddling

4/1/08

Rivers are Rising



Hello Everyone

As Spring begins to emerge and winter retreats for another year we are blessed with the rising waters of the melting snows. As I drive through the country side here on the southern edge of Georgian Bay I can see the rising levels of the many creeks and rivers that flow towards the clear waters of Lake Huron. I cannot help but feel thankful to live and play in such a beautiful part of the world. Already I am planning short paddles on these rushing currents and look forward to dipping my paddle in the icey waters of the spring runoff.
This is a time of year that I remember what it feels like to move swiftly down a river while constantly looking ahead and reading the story of the ripples, ebbs and flows of the water. It makes me truly come alive and feel a connection to nature that only comes with canoeing. We can connect with nature in many ways, this is just one of the ways that I enjoy immersing myself in the spring season and the re-birth of Creation.
In the coming weeks I would like to post some of my paddling experiences here. I'm not planning any extended trips, but do plan on getting out as much as possible to explore the many paddling experiences available here in Grey County.

Until next time

Happy Paddling