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July 30 Upper Pine

Linda Farmer  | Published on 7/30/2016

The Upper Pine was truly exquisite, as stated by Lois.  The temperature was perfect, in the high 70s, and the partly sunny skies made the day just right for a comfortable paddle.  As seen in John's very professional looking photos, we enjoyed a host of beautiful wildflowers along our path. 

 

It was my first paddle with the Traverse Area Paddle Club, and may I say that I thoroughly enjoyed my experience with this kind and congenial group of new found friends.  I had mentioned that I would like to develop some maneuvering skills and would appreciate any tips along the way.  Thanks to the generosity of so many members, I learned new techniques that would prevent me from running into banks, reading the eddies for a smooth transition around curves, and should I get hung up on a downed tree, how to stay afloat. I am looking forward to the next trip so I can continue honing these skills.   I do though have to admit, that I did see a couple of turtles along the way.  Oh, and I was able to bring in a couple of beer cans from the side of the river. Nothing says belonging like contributing a couple of beer cans to the trash bag.

 

Thank you Marv and Marlene for allowing me to carpool with you; and my appreciation to the entire group for being so welcoming.  

 
Trip report by Linda Farmer; photos by John H
 
Participants were Lois & John, Sue & Gerald, Leigh, Marlene, Tracie, Marvin, Linda F
 
In the first two photos, Sue is giving Linda a quick lesson in how to get in and out of eddies, and how to do a ferry.
 
 
While the shuttle was being run, I looked around for flowers and other living plants.
 
 
 
Does any one know what this is?
 
Sue, Marlene and Linda
 
Leigh
 
Tracie
 
Ducks in a row