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.