Trip report

Brattleboro Kayaking

Kayaking/Canoeing DATE: 08/14/2011 - 08/14/2011

Trip/Event Location: Bratlleboro , VT
US

Trip Leader(s): goldnwolf

Max # People: 15

Trip Guiding / Event Fee: No, I will not be asking participants for money

Difficulty Level: Easy to Moderate

I will host a kayak outing on the Retreat Meadows/ West River.  Kayaks can be rented at Vt Canoe Touring Center on Putney Road which will also be the meeting place.  This delightful event

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Driving directions to the location and spot to meet at:

I-91 to exit 3.  Take first right off of roundabout.  Continue down Putney road until you see the Kayak place , just before you cross the river.  Or rte 101 west to Brattleboro roundabout , take third right off of roundabout.  Vt. Canoe Tourning Center , 451 Putney Road , Brattleboro  800-257-5008  They may not take reservations but fear not there are always enough kayaks!


Trip Report/Photos
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A quad of GOers from the far flung corners of New England assembled outside the kayak rental facility hoping for the rest of those who registered to join us.  A very cute 27 y.o. attendant arrived to open the business, having just relocated from Michigan.  With overcast skies and spitting rain, we sat in a car wondering about our options.  A museum?  Shopping? What else is going on in the area? 

At 11:05, Richard discovered that a message had been sent 20 minutes earlier. "Rain cancelled the trip".  After a brief counsel, considering we had traveled considerable distances: Dave had driven from Augusta, ME; Richard and Michael, from Connecticut; and I, from Boston, we decided to embrace the elements and launch.  And glad we did!

The water was clear allowing us to see to the bottom of the river.  Temps were moderate. For the most part the rain held off...just a few sprinkles.  We paddled up stream until the depth prevented further exploration. Rock River with its accompanying naturist scenes would have to wait. At that point several artful cairns were scattered about the bed of the river.

We headed back to the launch, exploring the width of the meadows, around islands seeking the confluence of the mighty Connecticut River.  Before we arrived, we were graced by a snowy egret and a great blue heron, both of which entertained us with their wide wing spans as they took flight.

We ventured into the Connecticut River and discovered it to be considerably warmer that the West River. I crossed it to piss on the NH side, gather a purple loostrife blossom and than return.

We met up at Top of the Hill Grill for a BBQ lunch with a view of the river and meadows below. A lesson learned!  Unless the weather is dangerous, best not to cancel.  Most often inspite of weather an outdoor venture is a rewarding experience.  And with a little challenge makes for an interesting story and memory.

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What Members Are Saying About This Trip/Event

  • And realize trip leaders here are voluteers doing YOU a service. Show a little respect. - goldnwolf
  • When seven people remove themselves from a trip the week before and you email the remaining eight and only get one reply AND its raining the day of the event , then cancelling the event IS the correct decision. Whoever posted this trip report should run their own trip(s) if they think they have all the right answers! Ridiculing my decision to cancel even though - in YOUR opinion - the weather was "not threatening" just shows how childish YOU are. Grow up! And realize trip leaders here - goldnwolf
  • I had a great two hours. The West River was fun, most guys crossed the Connecticut at its confluence. The food at the BBQ place was great. Michael - hauke

Members That Participated

goldnwolf

Outdoor Fitness Level: Moderate


St. Petersburg / Pittsburgh , NH


United States
richardc

Outdoor Fitness Level: Moderate to Strenuous


Danbury, CT


United States
hauke

Outdoor Fitness Level: Moderate


Cheyenne, WY


United States
guest member
dochal3

Outdoor Fitness Level: Moderate to Strenuous


boston, MA


United States
goldnwolf Aug 22, 2011 at 4:39 PM

Comment: And realize trip leaders here are voluteers doing YOU a service. Show a little respect.

goldnwolf Aug 22, 2011 at 4:37 PM

Comment: When seven people remove themselves from a trip the week before and you email the remaining eight and only get one reply AND its raining the day of the event , then cancelling the event IS the correct decision. Whoever posted this trip report should run their own trip(s) if they think they have all the right answers! Ridiculing my decision to cancel even though - in YOUR opinion - the weather was "not threatening" just shows how childish YOU are. Grow up! And realize trip leaders here

hauke Aug 15, 2011 at 8:57 PM

Comment: I had a great two hours. The West River was fun, most guys crossed the Connecticut at its confluence. The food at the BBQ place was great. Michael

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