Upper Credit River outing, April 13th

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YoungDavid
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Well we sure had an exciting day. Not our usual calm float down the river. The river was the highest I have ever paddled it and to top it off we had an obstacle course of sweepers. At least the weather cooperated except for some strong wind gusts in the afternoon. We had 11 boats and 22 paddlers with all boats and paddlers in good spirits/condition at the end despite some bumps and bruises and soggy clothes. This definitely was a tough paddle for novices and I apologize to those who were expecting something a bit tamer. It usually is!!

We put in at the Caledon Golf Course (with permission of course) and went down to Glen Williams. There was no rapid at the bridge at the golf course....normally a drop of several feet. However, you did have to duck as you canoed under it. All our canoe upsets were caused by being pinned against or trying to avoid sweepers. There were many narrow passages caused by trees down in the water particularly between Boston Mills Road and Cheltenham. There were also tricky openings between trees nearing Terra Cotta and down by the Sheridan Nursery. The final drop at the second bridge into Glen Williams was quite a big wave, which had to be done on the left side, because of a tree down blocking the right side (which would have been much smoother).

We finished the day with a pot luck dinner at the home of Janet Kuzniar where people had a chance to relive the exciting moments and get to know each other a bit better.