Grand River - June 14, 2014

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Thanks to the forum of "looking for partners" I was able to meet up with Hilary to go to the Grand River.
After being home for the last 3 weeks, due to a severe poison ivy outbreak, I was finally able to join on another day trip at the Grand River organized by Doug and Lisa Ashton with a fabulous BBQ afterwards.
After picking up Hilary we drove together to Cambridge, due to road closures we just made it in time for the shuttle.
As usual Doug was super organized. The group was smaller, only 10 boats and 21 people participating today, probably partially due to some other trips organized by other members today.
It was cool to start but sunny and fabulous weather.
The water level in the beginning seemed lower then last year, so it was zig zagging around the gravel pits.
There were lots of other groups on the river and in the beginning a bit confusing as who belonged to who, but Doug gathered us together and to make sure that we all new who was the first and who was the last canoe.
This time I didn't flip the canoe, but somehow still got stranded in the middle of the river, helping our boat and some other boat to get past the gravel pits. My partner didn't realize that I was not back in the boat and kept on paddling while I was standing in the middle of the river.
Lisa told us the story of the watermill of the German Family while the young boys, just graduated from college checked out the architecture.
After a nice lunch in Glen Morris we leisurely paddled to Paris.
Again a very nice relaxing paddle with fabulous friends
Afterwards we all met at Doug and Lisa who spoiled us again with some amazing appetizers and hamburgers.
The weather stayed dry and it was great getting to know some newer members.
On our way home Hilary and I encountered a fox on the road, but my camera was in the back of the car and the battery of my phone was empty. The fox stayed staring at the car while I was able to get the camera out of the trunk and took some nice pictures of this elegant animal.

Underneath is the link of the pictures I took of this trip