Hello back 'atcha, Kayakingnut.
Conditions such as you describe are about the only occasions when the word thalweg is of any use at all. Best to you and I hope you get some rain soon to kick those levels back up a bit.
Water levels here (S. Wisconsin) have been a bit higher than normal over the last month. Here its been social distancing and shuttles that have been the limiting factor for river tripping this year. Some of the liveries are operating as if infection rates weren’t rising and all is normal, but I don’t trust their ability to properly decontaminate buses after each run every day so am disinclined to use them. All my usual paddling partners seem to be pretty well hunkered down. Radio silence.
But I’m not alone. Its driving everyone, paddlers and everyone else, to the lakes and making for some pretty crowded paddling conditions there - at landings especially. Same for you? But I agree, thank goodness for the ponds and lakes - there’d be next to nothing without them. The thing that is next to the nothing here is a creek that has a little ~3 mi section between bridges that can be paddled with a hike back to the car. Its got some little riffles and drops on it, but it isn’t much. Pretty thin soup, but its paddling.
There’s a reason I mention this. I noticed the other day that on the hike back in sunny, humid, 95 deg heat (like most of us are now seeing, I assume) that my mind was wandering to considerations of the symptoms of heat exhaustion and a certain recurrent unfocused amazement that anybody at all survived the Batan death march. I don’t usually spend much time pondering those subjects - but a bit of an extended stroll in this season brings such things to mind. And it is probably for the better that it be mentioned. I see you’re in Virginia - as I recall that’s a place that can get pretty darned steamy too, though probably you’re more used to it than many of us.
I bet there are more than a few of us out paddling, bicycle shuttling, hiking, and generally baking in this seasonal sun and heat. We talk and worry about hypothermia a lot, but heat exhaustion and stroke can be dangerous, too. Just a thought.
Keep the dry side up, all.