Wednesday, 15 August 2012 15:54
I am overdue in writing the Daily Data by a couple of days. Really we didn't move very far over the past couple of days. On the 13th we paddled just 8 miles to the town of Grand Falls, New Brunswick. We had to portage through town. After a bend in the river, it narrows down into a very deep gorge and drops in a waterfall. There is a dam above the waterfall to control the flow. Water is diverted in another channel that leads to a power generating station. We enjoyed walking across the bridge and peering over the edge into the gorge, watching people zip line across. We ended up camping in Grand Falls and taking a layover day on the 14th. There is a nice campground near the gorge and we used the time to catch up on computer work and gear maintenance.
This morning, we wheeled our boats the rest of the way through town and down to the river. Paddling in the swift current below the gorge was fun. We made good time. I enjoyed seeing cormorants perched on power lines above the river. We also saw quite a few osprey and bald eagles. Along the riverbank near Perth-Andover, we saw several construction crews using backhoes to move large rocks, shoring up the bank. The area is still recovering from a massive flood that happened this spring. The links below include images and news stories about the flood. A thunderstorm caught up to us here, so we parked our boats and ducked in the library just before the downpour hit. We made it a few miles out of town before stopping for the evening. In total, we paddled 26 miles today.
Miles paddled: 8 on August 13; 26 today
Miles walked with kayaks on carts: .5
Animals: 4 osprey
9 bald eagles
Demolished cars seen along riverbank: 4blog comments powered by Disqus