At Swan's we got a fire permit, ran shuttle and started to off load. There must have been at least 4 policemen there checking coolers, apparently they don't like you bringing too much alcohol but we didn't get checked. There was also a game warden there checking on wood as there are invasive beetles that they want to keep out. We bought four bundles of wood for a hefty price but called it good. Ya gotta know with all the people on the river there isn't a stick of wood to had for a fire!
|Swan's Falls Put In|
|Dragging it Up To Ride It Back Down|
|Using My 6' Paddle, Standing Is Good|
Every sandbar was crowded to the max and there were more tents then I could count set up. It was a major party scene!
|Just one of the many sandbars crowded to the max|
|If there had been a tip jar I would have stopped in for a refill|
|Now that there be a vessel|
Somewhere around dark Aaron and I decided to head up the Old Course with the hope of making the bridge and the campsite we had been at last fall. It's only about a mile and a half up to the bridge and the leanto campsite but we kept hitting down trees river length and despite a full moon bright in the sky we had a hard go of it. In the channel the moon offered some light but we did need our headlamps do manover through them sometimes doing some interesting moves to get through. The further we went the less the noise got and at one point it was just was a delight to the ears to hear the voices of the night from the critters that live there and don't visit!
We didn't make it to the bridge as the current flowing out from the lake was enough to make it a slow slough upstream. Regardless it was sweet to paddle with the light of the moon without hundreds of people around.
In the morning we packed up in a hurry and left the crowd. We left in such a hurry I declined to make a pot of coffee in the Almighty but did so down river on a fairly empty sandbar. Hell, one has to have some coffee in the morning, a day is not complete without it! While we were waiting for the joe to brew Aaron suggested getting off the river instead of another night on it as the liveries would be putting even MORE PEOPLE on the water. It was a no brainer. We had to do 12 miles back to the car and then run shuttle but it was worth it in the long run. Better to spend the night in my own bed rather than listening to the crowds and fireworks until the wee hours.
|The Almighty Doing Its Thang|