New River Again

Posted by Spalding Hurst

September 10, 2005

3 ft
McCreery to Stone Cliff

We decided that once wasn’t enough so we put together a new crew and headed back to the New.  Emerson Ballard joined us for his inaugural journey, along with Kenny, Jay, Toby and Beastie.  The water level seemed lower than last but it was still great paddling.  The weather was great and camping at Stone Cliff was great.

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I started catching a cold at the start of the drive there and by Sunday morning was too sick to paddle.  So in all we only paddled from McCreery to Stone Cliff on Saturday.

We took our time at Silo scouting and taking pictures.  I got to run the canoe through and got that old feeling of whitewater canoeing back.  It made me wish more than ever that I had not missed the Rio Grande Paddle.  Now I have a huge urge to go canoe camping on some whitewater. Maybe I’ll look into getting a good deal on a used whitewater canoe. Maybe a Dagger Rival for $300 from a guy in South Carolina.

Emerson swam some this trip.  Beastie did too.  And Toby once, while tearing up some surf.  I know that everyone enjoyed themselves as this easy section of the New is a whole lot of fun to different types of boaters at all levels.  We’ll probably be back out there again soon.  Maybe not this year.  But next year is quickly approaching.

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