Self-Portrait under the Route 7 bridge
over the Shenandoah River
Ben's map of the Shenandoah River). There was plenty of space here. When we had our rendez-vous at 7:30, we were the only ones in the parking lot. When we got out later though, there were at least a dozen cars in the lot and just as many kayaks and canoes laying around everywhere.
Watermelon Park to another public boat ramp about five miles upstream of Route 7.
There were about ten kayaks in our group. This was my eldest son's second time out in his solo Perception Acadia Scout kayak, and he did really well. He especially liked flying through the light rapids, saying, "wheeeee!"
Photo by Ben
Level-of-difficulty wise, this trip was similar to the Goose Creek trip we did last summer although considerably shorter. There were about four short stretches of water where the current picked up and we brushed up a few rocks here and there.
The waterproof doodle pad continues to be a hit.
So does nap time.
ES self portrait.
At the end of our paddling trip today, ES told me, "Daddy, this was funner than most of our other kayaking trips." Ding! Ding! Ding! Ding! Ding! Success!!!
Semi-traditional feet photo.
Some stats for the paddle log:
- Date: 3 July 2010
- Time In: 8:30 a.m. (approx)
- Time Out: 10:45 a.m. (approx)
- Elapsed: ~2 1/4 hours
- Moving Time (GPS): 1 hrs 58 minutes
Stopped Time (GPS): 20 minutes 56 seconds
- Mileage: 5.21 miles by GPS
- Sea State: 0
- Winds: 0-5 knots - just an occasional light breeze
- Air Temp: 70F initially then climbing to 82F when we got out.
- Water Temp: 76F - felt like bath water
- Current: (Discharge) 540 cf/s (very low - less than half the median daily value) (source)
- Gauge Height: 1.5 feet (source)
- Avg Speed (GPS): 2.6 mph
- Max Speed by (GPS): 6.8 mph
- Rapids? There were about four spots with some light rapids. The most significant was right by Watermelon Park.
- Hazards? None.
- Kit: Second time for ES in his Perception Acadia Scout. ES had previously complained about water dripping on his legs tickling/itching, so I sent him with a soft sponge this time and he seemed happy. YB and I rode in our Ocean Kayak Malibu Two XL. Flop hat, sunglasses, NRS paddling gloves. Short sleeve shirt, swim trunks, Keen sandals.
- Configuration: I started out sitting in the back with YB in the front. I put my soft lead weight belt for scuba diving in the forward storage hold as ballast to keep the bow down and to make up for ES not riding in the kayak with us anymore. Even so, I felt like our bow was pretty high up, and I figured that was why we were scraping bottom on so many rocks back at my end of the boat. So mid-way through the trip, I shifted to the middle seat. It was a lot more comfortable and kept us more on an even-keel.
- Route: Put-in at a public boat ramp a few miles upstream of the Route 7 bridge and took out at the public boat ramp under the Route 7 bridge five miles east of Berryville, VA.
- Other comments (such as wildlife spotted): Great Blue Herons, dragonflies, tadpoles, fish jumping out of the water, water bugs. Somebody else in our group saw a snake in the water.
Mario's. It was extraordinarly good pizza. I highly recommend it if you're ever passing through town. The boys both ate like horses. Well, maybe not like horses, but they ate significantly more than they usually eat.
Then, our 6 year old YB who NEVER sleeps in the car (cue Gilbert and Sullivan, "What never? No never! What never? Hardly EVERRRRR!")...