Canoe

Headed down the way, the other day, chainsaw in hand, gazing as I passed, the water beckoned. Set down the saw and tipped a canoe.

The bottoms are nicely flooded and you can move about freely. Here you can see the muddier water as I pass over Knapp Creek. Following the low channels it is easy to cover ground w/out much current. Then cut into the actual flow when ready for a drift back home.

Traveling into the bottoms the water clears. Have to keep a sharp eye ahead and pick your path. What looks like a distant clearing can be blocked by debries.

I went far enough up bottom as I wasn’t really in the stream, to cut over and drift into the Beaver pond. Watched a few varieties of ducks but no geese.

The water was high enough to drift right over the dam and I stayed in the Knapp’s current and drifted towards the portal that leads home.

When the kids were still living at home it was tradition to be the person to pick up the most flotsam. Not much of a challenge when solo but I still engage. I feel that if you throw trash down, you litter. If you pass litter while having the ability to pick it up, but still pass, that is almost the same.

Canoeing for flotsam trash is also good excercise in canoe control. Many times you have to thread into a tight spot sometimes involving current.  It also gives one a destination of sorts and teaches basic navigation so far as keeping track of where you are at. Not that you can actually become lost but there are hundreds of acres and it is possible to end up behind long high banks and thickets making return difficult if you are unsure how you got there.

Here is my cache for the day. Click to enlarge and you will see the progression of soda bottles through the last few decades. From glass w/ aluminum caps to all plastic. The two-litter as the transition being plastic but having an aluminum cap. Have a great day. CLMF!!!!


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