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GW Canal @ 3.80' - 2 May 2021
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15 participants turn out for the inaugural trip of the Sunday paddlers 2021 season. Due to the large size we divided into two groups:

·        River runners – Hendrick vO, Jean O’S, Mike K, Mikey B, Pam W & Wayne McD. Trouble-free run. The center chute in the blockage below Jacuzzi rapid is now completely clear of debris and a clean drop. We observed 2 bald eagles, one great blue heron and 46 turtles.

·        Eddy hoppers - Alf C, Barb B, Chris K (PFD), Gordy L, Jackie H, Lisa W, Shae M (in new hard boat), Tom P & daughter Evelyn & Toni B. No upsets but there was some impromptu safety training. In their extended peregrinations, the hoppers were shown a massive eagle nest located up one of the bayous stretching up toward Dam No 2. It is a truly massive structure - the size of a very large dog. Claimed turtle sightings were 67 (there’s some double-counting going on here).


Both groups enjoyed spectacular spring weather – blue skies, a light breeze, and a high around 80. We also enjoyed the water level in the C&O canal during the return trip – appeared to be about 6” inches deeper than it was over the winter. Thank you C&0 NHP!

Go to CCA's Facebook page to see other photos of the trip. Barb

15 participants turn out for the inaugural trip of the Sunday paddlers 2021 season. Due to the large size we divided into two groups:

·        River runners – Hendrick vO, Jean O’S, Mike K, Mikey B, Pam W & Wayne McD. Trouble-free run. The center chute in the blockage below Jacuzzi rapid is now clear of debris on the left of the woodpile and a clean drop. [Safety Chair: Still a little dicey - only for experienced boaters.] We observed 2 bald eagles, one great blue heron and 46 turtles.

·        Eddy hoppers - Alf C, Barb B, Chris K (PFD), Gordy L, Jackie H, Lisa W, Shae M (in new hard boat), Tom P & daughter Evelyn & Toni B. No upsets but there was some impromptu safety training. In their extended peregrinations, the hoppers were shown a massive eagle nest located up one of the bayous stretching up toward Dam No 2. It is a truly massive structure - the size of a very large dog. Claimed turtle sightings were 67 (there’s some double-counting going on here).


Both groups enjoyed spectacular spring weather – blue skies, a light breeze, and a high around 80. We also enjoyed the water level in the C&O canal during the return trip – appeared to be about 6” inches deeper than it was over the winter. Thank you C&0 NHP!

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