Eleven assiduous paddlers descended the middle Cacapon at a generous (750 est) cfs. Based on contemp readings from Cedar Ck, Cootes Store, and Moorefield, this was sufficient to move paddlers along smartly and to pad the rocks sufficiently that Alan Gale's handsome wooden hulled canoe came through without so much as a scratch. Meeting in the Rte 127 parking lot, we were Alan, Tony A, Craig W, Wayne McD, Tim T, Mike K, Paul M, Randy S, Ron S, Anna N, and Alf C. Wayne delivered the kitty ($5/capita) to Mr Sines and by 11:30 we had launched from his waterfront.
The cool overcast day was perfect for the blossoming redbuds and a few early bluebells, but the leaves on the trees were only a faint light green. Paul M joined us at the Edwards Run put-in. 4 canoes, 7 kayaks.
The day was largely overcast, with occasional gusts, so we kept moving right along - stopping briefly for lunch. Still early in the season - we saw redbud peeking out and in the lower reaches we encountered bluebells. And along the ridges was a very light green of the starting tree-leaves. No upsets - New to the river were Randy, Anna, and Alan; Mike said he'd been away for 20 years - and no one had been on it during the covid year. Good to be back!