Yesterday we enjoyed paddling with the 7th grade class of Madison Middle School at Triangle Lake. With over 80 paddlers in some Spring weather conditions, it was a fantastic time. Here are a few images to share from the day. Canoeing the warm waters of Triangle Lake Working on boat handling skills! A great place to be on the water. Working on re-entry techniques!
Spring is a great time to be on an a river East of the Cascades. It tends to be a lot drier in the high desert, yet a little colder in the mornings. We chose to paddle here to get away from the rain in the Willamette Valley. This trip was during the first week of April. We paddled a raft for 5 days and saw no other parties on the river. Just beaver, bighorn sheep, jumping bass, and many birds! We watched the thin clouds race along in the sky. Wearing wind layers and sunscreen is the norm. Desert wildflowers bloom and river levels rise and fall. We used a 13 foot Rocky Mountain Raft that was self bailing. With just two of us we paddled the raft R-2 style. One of us on each side in the middle of the small raft. Lots of communication between us to move the…
Today the high temperature in Eugene area was 93! Out on Siltcoos River, it was much cooler and quite beautiful as well. We saw a Bald Eagle and an Osprey, many Kingfishers, Great Blue Heron, Doves, and on and on… Portage Time! Sneakin' through the trees! Blissfully paddling along the stream. Siltcoos RiverPortage TIme!Coming out towards the ocean.Sneakin’ through the trees.Siltcoos Grass
On a day that reached 96 degrees in the Eugene area , we had a blast out on the coast while paddling the Siltcoos. This time we had the tides on our side, to help us glide to the ocean. At one point along the way we enjoyed a run / somersault down a dune into the water! We still have 2 dates left for this 4 hour paddle! August 6th (Tuesday) and August 31st (Saturday). Roll down this dune into the warm water below :) What goes up must come down! Under the Highway 101 bridge. Taking a lunch on the wet send to avoid the Snowy Plover nesting sites.
This past Tuesday Tour was a great day on Mercer Lake. Located just North of Florence, this lake is off the beaten path and has different “arms” to paddle along and explore. We had some windy weather but still were able to enjoy the shoreline. The water was warmer than the air temp, so getting wet wasn’t a big problem! Paddling below an Osprey Stuck in the cabbage! Mercer Lake Salmonberry! Mmmmm… Paddling in the wind.
It was a cool day with a small breeze, with sun breaks. Ideal for paddling in late Spring. We went down from the Coyote Creek Canoe Launch to Fern Ridge Reservoir. We encountered many birds along the way, and saw signs of beaver. There are a number of bird houses to shelter various small birds. Here is a photo of a couple kayakers at the end of a nice day on, and in, the water! Tiger Lily Anthers Western Serviceberry, an Oregon native! This is a link to the Coyote Creek hiking trails…. http://www.dfw.state.or.us/resources/visitors/fern_ridge_wildlife_area/trailguide.asp
Another scorching day best spent out on the water. We took the Stand Up Paddleboards out onto the Lake and got a workout. After that we played around and cooled off in the water! One way to take a break. Tree Pose? SUP Yoga
When you think of Italy, what comes to mind? Great food, ancient culture, superb football? How about beautiful coastline and paddling? Down on the Amalfi coast, a surprise awaits for paddlers of all skill levels. There are many caves, inlets and pinnacles to explore. The island of Capri is fascinating from the water! As well, keep in mind that paddling has been around in Italy for many years too! Sea kayaking along the Amalfi Coast It’s the coastline of a thousand arches. And while there are more boats in the water getting around from place to place, there is plenty of space on the Tyrrhenian Sea. At the far end of this photo you can just make out the Galli islands. This is where the Sirens were thought to have been awaiting a lonely sailor….. Gorgeous coast to explore... In the town of Amalfi they hold an occasional Kayak Polo tournament, we…
Paddling the Willamette River below Eugene can be very rewarding. Especially during the blackberry season, when the banks are full of the sweet and juicy morsels. On a recent trip from Alton Baker Park to Harrisburg we did some picking, taking care not to get pricked too badly. Carefully picking blackberries while afloat Once our bucket was full enough, we continued downstream through the swift current and eventually made it to our camp site, one of many lovely cobble bars. The next morning we went decided to make some blackberry pancakes. Bon appetit!
This past weekend a few of us paddled this one of a kind river from Minam to the Powattka Bridge. We spent two nights out and three days canoeing to reach the take out after 40 miles. What a great way to start spring! No matter that we awoke to frosty gunwales, the sun came out later! Lovely river valley, Grande Rhonde Floating alongside ancient geology. Surf's Up in the Whitesell!