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.
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.
Somebody brings a trailer full of boats
Young people from MTSU rec department (at left) brought some whitewater boats.
I spent most of the day helping fit an unending line of boaters with pfds.
Family of volunteer - Grandfather, son-in-law, grandson
Hardworking Parks and Recreation Department employee Niki and Randle Branch sort gear at the end of the day
After the event was over, Eric and I paddled the Stones River.
Eric paddling Campsis Radicans demonstrating he can remain upright while under way.
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.
Steep rocky shoreline
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.
Paddling back toward Manson Pike trailhead.
Storm approaches as we take the boats out of the water.