SRWA Boat Day 2010 Murfreesboro

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Here are some snapshots from Manson Pike Trailhead I took today.  Eric and I got there about an hour early, and he got out on the E68 to familiarize himself with the boat’s handling characteristics.  We both spent the bulk of the day volunteering.  I helped fit people with pfds, Eric helped launch and haul in boats.  After the event ended we took the E68 and 450 S out and paddled around until a thunderstorm got close.  Then we packed up and got out before the lightning and torrential downpour could find us.

Eric-Exits-E68

My friend Eric asks for help as he perfects his E68 concrete roll. I tell him to hang on a sec while I get the camera.

Boats

Somebody brings a trailer full of boats

Kayaks

Young people from MTSU rec department (at left) brought some whitewater boats.

Canoes

Canoes

Randle-Branch

Randle Branch

PFDs

I spent most of the day helping fit an unending line of boaters with pfds.

Volunteers

Family of volunteer - Grandfather, son-in-law, grandson

Niki-&-Randle-Branch

Hardworking Parks and Recreation Department employee Niki and Randle Branch sort gear at the end of the day

Paddling-Out

After the event was over, Eric and I paddled the Stones River.

Eric-E68

Eric paddling Campsis Radicans demonstrating he can remain upright while under way.

Other-Paddlers

Other paddlers who said they planned a take out at Thompson Lane. Generally speaking, it's unusual to see other paddlers on the lakes and flatwater rivers of Tennessee.

Rock-Face

Steep rocky shoreline

This-Far

We paddled down to this point and turned around. Even with the new keelstrip on the 450 S, I didn't feel comfortable paddling the 47 year old hull down there. Also, lacking deck rigging and a painter, the old kayak would have been difficult to manage on the way back upstream the gently sloping shallow riffle.

Toward-Take-Out

Paddling back toward Manson Pike trailhead.

Storm

Storm approaches as we take the boats out of the water.