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Hudson River Paddle ~ May 15, 2014

Journal entry by Lenore and Jack Reber for Tom Gibbs

Twenty Crooked Canes took the knee deep plunge into the Hudson River at Snake Rock in Thurman. Tom led the kayakers down river, zigzagging from bank to bank to find the best route. We enjoyed the mist laying on the river and flowing through the hills as we kept our eyes peeled for the occasional rock and chatted with friends. The water was fast and enthusiasm high as we made for an early lunch stop at Beaver Creek Outfitters. Picnic tables were available, one for tall people and one for short and well balanced people. Fran made the group deliciously moist brownies to celebrate Lenore's __ birthday (choose a decade!).We were soon on the river again, led by a flock of sandpipers. This section of the river is particularly beautiful, with rocky cliffs on the left and a panorama of undulating hills ahead. The wind in our face gave us some exercise, but the few sprinkles were followed by glimmers of sunshine sparkling on the water. We seemed to see every shade of green on the hillsides, slightly interspersed with white and pink. As we glided past the final group of islands, we noticed many large trees had been felled by beavers, and some paddlers noted a small inlet that might have led to a riverbank beaver home. When we pulled up on the quiet 1000 Acres Ranch beach, no one suggested a swim, so Don, Eric and Joanne shuttled the drivers to their cars. The rest hauled the kayaks to the driveway and chatted on the grassy lawn. 5/16/14 - Ray Bouchard added 16 photos. 5/17/14 - Diane Wisell added 7 photos.

23 photos

Snake Rock from whence our journey began. But how did it get its name? Is it because the shape resemble a snake's head or perhaps someone was bitten by a snake on this very spot? Darn if I know. - added by Ray

Looking upstream from Snake Rock. - added by Ray

Forgive me for cheating a little by inserting an old picture of Bluets from my files. They really were growing on the shore by Snake Rock but the wind was blowing so hard by then that my pictures were useless. - added by Ray

Margie pointed out a patch of Sessile Bellworts growing across the road from Snake Rock so I took advantage of the opportunity. - added by Ray

We're on our way to 1000 Acre Ranch, a mere 9 miles downstream. - added by Ray

Photo added by Ray

Photo added by Ray

Now aren't you glad you decided not to paddle with us? Tom yelled out, "It's a little bony but you can run it on the right." OK, I fibbed just a little but I'll bet it got your attention. - added by Ray

Checking out the False Hellebore on the shore. - added by Ray

We finally made it to 1000 Acre Ranch with plenty of time to spare. - added by Ray

The following pictures were taken after the paddle was over and everyone else had headed for home. Well, almost every one. Most of them are pastoral scenes along River Rd.. Some were taken just to show the many delicate shades of green that make spring such a beautiful time of year. - added by Ray

The clouds became thicker and darker by mid-afternoon. Rain was on the way. - added by Ray

Photo added by Ray

Photo added by Ray

Photo added by Ray

A new bridge was needed at the point where Patterson Creek goes under River Rd after Hurricane Irene passed through. - added by Ray

Ray's placid photographic moment at Snake Rock took an unexpected turn when lots of company arrived! - added by Diane

Photo added by Diane

Lunch time at Route 418. - added by Diane

Arrival at 1000 Acres Ranch. - added by Diane

How many Canes can you fit in a Prius? In addition to the five in this photo.......... - added by Diane

........our Host Tom Gibbs did not escape being photographed in the Prius Packing! - added by Diane

Really, Lenore, Adirondack guys love a girl with her own kayak and we four have twenty boats between us! It took some work, but look at the trap we set! - added by Diane

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