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Battenkill Paddle ~ Jun 24, 2015

Journal entry by Ghostwriter For Sir Thomas Gibbs

Our Battenkill Paddle, originally scheduled for the first week in June, was postponed every week until finally, conditions were right on the last Thursday of the month. And it was well worth waiting for! The day was absolutely perfect with the temperature not too cool yet not too warm, just enough clouds to make the sky interesting, a very light breeze and a near perfect water level of 4.81 feet. High enough to float our boats, low enough not to be scary and warm enough for good swimming at lunchtime.

The Battenkill, originating at Emerald Lake, along Vermont Route 7 just north of East Dorset, Vermont runs through Manchester to Arlington and then turns west, emptying into the Hudson at Schulerville. The Battenkill is as well known around the world to fishermen and is as highly ranked as the Chalk in the UK, the Yellowstone in Montana or the Mirimichi in New Brunswick. Brook, Rainbow and Brown trout are the most sought after species. One little known anomaly of the Battenkill similar to other tributaries of large rivers is that every so often a couple of Kings can be fished out of the river as well.

Our original intent to paddle from the Route 313 put in on the VT / NY border and paddle to Route 22 was curtailed a bit by logistics and delays due to the antics of a certain international criminal element amongst us (qui aurait cru?) running afoul of Interpol soon after we left the Greenwich McDonalds parking lot. No problem, we adjusted our day to include paddling from the original put in to the Georgi, somewhat more than half the distance originally planned and the timing worked out just about perfectly for a nice day on a nice river with nice folks.

Thanks to Tom's perseverence, this thrice re-scheduled Battenkill trip was a grand day for Joy, Joane, Barbara, Fran, Pat, Mary & Dave, Jan & Jim, Diane & Kurt to accompany Tom on this enjoyable day.

6/28/15 - Ghost Writer For Tom Gibbs added 1 photo.

4 photos

Binary Dave counts the 0101 boats on Kurt's truck. Just squeezing one more on would have given us a hexadecimal!

Happy paddlers enjoying lunch in the sun on the river.

Joy asks Joanne and Diane "Just how local do you think they mean? We okay here?"

"With this disguise, they'll never figure out who I am on my way back through Greenwich!" - added by Ghost

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