As I was driving to the put-in, I saw snowmobiles in the fields and ice fishermen on the lakes, and I wondered if it was a good idea to drive 2 hours to go canoeing. Then I drove over a bridge and saw that the Deerfield River was flowing high and ice-free, and knew that is was going to be a good day.
I met the group of 6 kayaks and 3 canoes to run the Fife Brook section of the Deerfield River. It’s a class II river with a class III drop at the end. We put in around noon and began working our way downstream. Temp’s were in the high 50’s, so it really did feel like spring. We ran Hangover Helper, did some surfing at Carbis Bend and Freight Train, and played in Pinball for a while.
When we reached Zoar Gap, the big rapid at the end, I headed down first to get some pictures. Everyone made it through fine. When it was my turn, I looked at the rapid, looked at my boat sitting on the rocks, and wimped out and decided to walk around drop. Oh well, at least I didn’t swim…
Joe’s seal launch at the put-in: