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July 14 - Walker to Elm Flats: The Pearl of the Pine

Jocelyn Trepte  | Published on 7/14/2019

The verdict was unanimous – Walker to Elm Flats is our favorite stretch of the Pine, all the more so on such a flawless day. Pine River protector Mark Miltner from Pine River Paddlesports Center joined John (one day short of his birthday), Lois, Tracie, Marlene, Kurt, and me (Jocelyn) for, to quote Tracie, “church on the river.”

The pre-birthday boy nabs a can


Mark in scouting position


Tracie harvests a can with her net


Kurt reaches deep



Teamwork on the log jams


Lois scores



Mark finds something unsavory too


Under the arch


Birthday cupcakes all around at lunch 


A couple of creatures sighted along the way - green frog never budged as I took away the nearby trash


Marlene and Lois tie off the booty


Marv does many many of our shuttles throughout the season. Thanks to both Marlene and Marv!


These photos and comments by John
Sometimes you have to get into the bushes to get the good stuff.


Jocelyn is rewarded with a Swiss Army knife and a good aluminum water bottle


Look how clear the water was.


Jocelyn works to free a fishing lure from a snag.


Success! A set of hooks out of the river.


Sometimes it takes a "village" to stab a can that is bouncing along the bottom.


Our haul for the day