Thursday, June 30, 2011
Bourbouse River, June 26th, 2011: Tough paddle with storm on back
I have to say I love each and every single opportunity to kayak, especially on rivers. It seems like when you step out on a river, there are always new lessons. This river and put in point is special....It was the first river I kayaked when I got my first kayak a few years ago. I wanted to come back and check it out again and do a little fishing.
The current on the Bourbouse at this point is somewhat strong, but what makes it a challenge (in regards to paddling up stream) is that it is skinnier and has a lot of debris in the current. There was one point I had to get out of the boat and portage, get back in and paddle 75', then get back in, repeat process. I almost think sometimes that will wear you out more than anything. As I stopped at the last sandbar, it had looked like a storm was moving in, so I got busy getting back to the car with a sense of urgency. That is the reason I paddle upstream when I kayak alone....always a wise move.