The warm, wet weather continues in southern New England. It hit 50 again yesterday, and my local river was up and running. I headed over to do a few laps at another of my local park-and-play spots - the Millville Rapid. It is an easy class II with a couple of nice surf spots. I didn’t do much surfing yesterday - just dragged my boat up a few times and did the run down. My camera wasn’t coopertating, but I did get a couple of the runs on video.
I thought you were getting cold in the mid-west. Lets hope that jet-stream moves south or north or whatever it needs to do. It’s nice to get out and paddle without worrying about ice or cold, but I do miss winter. Also making me wonder what our summer is going to be like.
Midwest is a pretty big area, I’m sure there are cold spots.
Our winter started early with 6 days of winter storms in late November which melted away pretty quick. Then December was mild other than one short 3 day “flash freeze” event which froze my river faster than I’ve ever seen.
Then the entire month of January was above freezing even at night with a couple of minor exceptions and February has been just as nice.
Typically I’d only get out once or twice in Jan and Feb for short sanity paddles but this winter I paddle 3-4 times a week and have the luxury of skipping days that are better than I’d typically ever get in mid winter.
I share the same concern about summer. While here in northern Michigan we still have over a foot of snow on the ground and the inland lakes are frozen, it’s been a warm winter and February air temps are unusually warm.
I grew up in summer heat and humidity and lived and worked in it most of my adult life. The only time I remember being too hot was paddling across Jocassee on a 95+ day with no breeze.
I consider sweating a good thing as long as it can be washed off before bed.
It is a great paddling option. Craft diversity and the flexibility (not to mention fun)it provides, has always been a big part of my paddling portfolio/personal fleet quiver.
If I manage to get my cold water play in on Wednesday, I’ll be sure to post a few visuals back here.
In the meantime, I gotta think about just where I want to go. Because what looks like this in spring/summer…
I’ve thought about getting a paddle board - they are fun and self rescue is easy. It would be good for my summer trips at the beach. Haven’t bit the bullet yet, but I try them whenever I can - this was a club SUP session.
On occasion you see people doing whitewater on them around here. Looks like fun, I’d be scared falling off one on to a rock. Just seems like a long way down when you are standing.
60 degrees here on Thursday - down to the high 30s this weekend with more rain in the forecast.
Surf’s up. Waves of 6’ plus @ 10 seconds from yesterday’s ocean storm. Got my schedule cleared for tomorrow morning. Should still be leftovers tomorrow.
Sun is supposed to be out and air temps in the 40’s. Rarin’ to go!
Doesn’t have to be that long a way down, Eck. One IS allowed to both kneel or even sit going down a chute/rapid set(Indeed, I’ve added D rings and a kayak seat to one of mine–Something board companies charge as a premium on different models, btw.)just because I don’t feel nearly as confident as I do when using a canoe/kayak above Cl. I.