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Sunday, December 20, 2009

Wintertime Fun

The recent heavy snow fall in Martinsville & Henry County allowed for some unique recreational opportunities. Check out "Snow-Yaking" as shown by the Williams family.

The Doss Family demonstrates "Snow Paddling"

Traditional paddling was also a fun activity this weekend with the beautiful scenry below captured by DRBA members, Andy & Barbara Parker, as they kayaked from Marrowbone Creek to Mitchell Road Bridge.

Videos submitted by Brian Williams & Jennifer Doss
Photos submitted by Barbara Parker

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Winter Blues... and Greens

This first week in December brings us rainy and cold weather, but November saw some perfect conditions for wintertime paddling.  Winter can be a great time to see things on the river you might not normally see on summer trips. The leaves are off and you can see a long way through the woods. Wildlife abounds and eagles are a frequent site along certain sections. The stark beauty of the gray sycamores against the blue sky and the quiet reflections on the still waters bring a different perspective to the river scene.

Dress appropriately with layers and wicking clothing, take extra clothes in a dry bag, and enjoy the solitude on the blueways.  Take special note of the various shades of greens and blues to be experienced on the river this time of year.  Several trips were made in November from the Sports Complex to Marrowbone Creek and from Marrowbone to Mitchell Bridge, both excellent wintertime choices.
Andy and Barbara Parker drift by sycamore reflections on a recent Marrowboine to Mitchell Bridge trip

Bella the Wonder Dog
(I wonder why I am in this canoe instead of curled up next to a fireplace)

This enormous old sycamore sure does stand out in a crowd !

Katie Majoris and Andy Kent enjoy a recent November paddle on the lower Smith

Long Island Rapids just upstream from Mitchell Bridge

Wintertime reflections on the Smith  Sycamores meet the water
A juvenile Bald Eagle comes to rest in a huge sycamore just upstream from Mitchell Bridge

A new ramp is not complete yet at Mitchell Bridge but is already seeing some heavy use.

Bella drifts off to sleep under the spell the gentle rocking of the canoe.

Clear skies and the right angle of the November sun create wintertime blues on the Smith

A doe and her offspring spotted on the ridge near the river