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September 8 Hodenpyle-Red Bridge

Bob Fitch  | Published on 9/9/2016
Mike Rodenberg organized what was a beautiful paddle.  A few brief sprinkles did not ruin the trip.  We saw many turtles, perhaps 8-10 great blue herons, and the usual belted kingfishers.  The most unusual sight was a water snake right at the base of the take out ramp that I nearly stepped on.  It swam away with a minnow in its mouth and was still for a while next to Marlene so we got a good look before it hid in the weeds.  Early in the paddle I noticed I had an excess of water in my kayak.  After wringing out my saturated sponge for the third time I thought "Hey, something's wrong!"  (Duh)  We don't even like to think of the possibility of a hole in out boats.  An inspection at the lunch break found a 5 point star crack (like an asterisk).  Marlene offered her duct tape which she had with her things.  It worked and I had no leaking for the second half of the paddle.
 
Bob Fitch