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September 4 Betsie from County Line to Fred's Landing

Doug Barnes  | Published on 9/4/2016

Another unique paddling experience for me: new river, new boat (to me), members I have not met, and a river that brought me back to when I was fifty-some years younger and eager to see what was around the next bend.

 

Although a bit tamer than what I had expected, the challenges were many as I had not paddled anything close to it except the Grace to Lewis section which was a highway in comparison.  A few of us were treated to the sight of an 8” (shell) Slider turtle, 18” trout crossing my bow then leaping out of the water for a tasty treat, and a muskrat swimming.  A 3’ channel, low branches, scooching over logs, 2’ wide passages, sharp bends, great paddling tips and tricks will be remembered.  A thank you to all for a memorable trip.

 

Report by Doug Barnes, photos by John

 
Linnaea from the back
 
Marvin Ison
 
Marlene Puska and Sharon Taylor
 
Jackie
 
Jackie and Doug
 
The season is changing!
 
Marlene
 
Marvin
 
Lois
 
Linnaea
 
Jackie
 
Doug
 
Tracie
 
The salamander that Terry MacKay spotted during our lunch break - photo by Linnaea