Thursday, June 12, 2008

Day 18


WHOA! Our first 16-miler in a good while. Somehow we managed to crank out some good mileage upstream and have made it to Davis Park in Richford, VT. We had originally set aside 2 to 3 days to get here and we did it in 1.

What a day it was. Woke up at 5am and hit the water before the dairy festivities/craziness began in Enosburg Falls. The first stretch of water to Samsonville was almost like paddling flat water - slow current and we made great time. Short portage around some dam remains (there is a dirt farm road on river right just before the dam for you northbounders - easy as pie.)

The water levels are begining to shallow out - did quite a bit of poling and lining today. In and out of the boat, soggy pants. Took out just upstream from the Magoon Ledges and a nice local dairy farmer gave us a lift the last bit into the park. Our first hitchhike on the NFCT!

Weather: Rain before we woke up, partly cloudy, HOT, T-storms likely soon

Wildlife: Short tailed weasel, heron, osprey, crawfish, drunken kayakers, turkey vultures, and those crazy hill swallows again.

"Everyone must believe in something. I believe I'll go canoeing." Henry David Thoreau

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