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trip call for Saturday Nov. 14

When: Saturday Nov. 14th.

Where: Eel River, North Manchester to SR15

Meet up: Mickey D’s on west side of North Manchester @9:30 for breakfast

Put in: Just below the dam on Wabash Rd.

Weather is suppose to be mid to high 50s but water will be chilly so plan accordingly. There will not be a lot of 50+ days left to paddle this year so take advantage of one of them.

What happened last weekend you ask……xputer crash!!!!!! Did get it back up and running Sat. night but felt it was far too late to put out a call so……..Yard work…dam poor trade I would say….

trip call for Saturday Nov. 14

When: Saturday Nov. 14th.

Where: Eel River, North Manchester to SR15

Meet up: Mickey D’s on west side of North Manchester @9:30 for breakfast

Put in: Just below the dam on Wabash Rd.

Weather is suppose to be mid to high 50s but water will be chilly so plan accordingly. There will not be a lot of 50+ days left to paddle this year so take advantage of one of them.

What happened last weekend you ask……xputer crash!!!!!! Did get it back up and running Sat. night but felt it was far too late to put out a call so……..Yard work…dam poor trade I would say….

Trip Report for the Fawn River, Oct. 11, 09

15 boats and 19 folks showed up for the Fawn trip in spite of a cool North wind. Water level was up and the sun responded in shining on us for most of the trip. Six paddlers were new to our group and added to the usual camaraderie of a fine fall trip with lots of colors. Just before lunch stop one of our boaters decided it was time for a dip and picked a nice deep spot with a little structure in it for the swim……did I mention the North wind? A change of clothes at the cabin made quick work of heat exchange and no one else decided to wet cloth. After lunch it was back to the river and more ducks, geese, muskrats, etc.. All to soon the take out was upon us as the current was much quicker than usual. Off to Turkey Lake for fish and chicken and then the goodbyes as another trip comes to a end.

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Trip report for August 16th - Fawn River

15 paddlers and 2 dogs made Sunday’s paddle with excellent weather and a good breeze to keep the bugs at bay. After a hearty breakfast at Chubby’s we made the short trip to the put in at the fish hatchery to unload and set shuttle. Much to our surprise the water level was quite low with evidence that they had raised the dam recently. The first mile was a exercise in reading water to avoid getting out of your boat and leading it to deeper water. One must remember that the Fawn is a very clean river and stepping out can lead to finding that the water is a lot deeper than you think….leading to the ……..tipping of your craft……and filling it with water, nuff said. Lots of wild life was observed as was colorful berries, water flowers, fall flowers, and river otter feeding activity. Big surprise was the amount of aquatic weeds that were growing in the lower part of the river, sometimes clear across the river tho they posed no problem in paddling. Bucket award was given to Joe S. and came full of beer, see picture.

The names of the people in the picture (not in order of appearance) are Jon K.,Bill G.,Dan I.,Jim & Jeanette W.,Martha,Nick,Joe S.,Ruth B.,Patti & Jeff I.,Don & Sheila H.,Ann H, Patty W.

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Aug 9th's Eel River trip

Last Sunday’s trip was a warm one, very warm one! With temps in the 90s and heat index in the 100s, 12 boaters, 3 dogs, with 10 craft hit the water of the Eel River. While water was low a sharp eye kept most in their boats and out of the water for a cruise that was filled with sun, a good breeze, and few bugs. Having met at McDonald’s in the morning there was lots of talk about supper……seems like we always have lots of conversation about food in this group……and it was decided to try a new to us Mexican Restaurant called El Mezquite located just below the North Manchester Dam at 402 Wabash Rd.. Tom S had told me that the food was good and the beer cold which is about as good as it gets for hungry river rats coming off of a Mickey d’s breakfast. This turned out to be a excellent choice and will I’m sure, see more use.

Making the trip were: Ruth B., Patti & Jef K., Ron W., Dave & Mari M., Don H., Jim & Jeanette W., Joe S., Steve E., and the Crow. Picture by Joe S..

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Trip Report for July 19th. 2009 Eel River

Another great trip on the Eel river with 14 boats, 21 people, and two dogs in attendance. This trip took on a international flair when Dan and Julie V. brought along Enrico, a gentleman from Italy to paddle with us. Bucket award went to Amy V. for spending as much time in the river as in the canoe, no easy feat. There will be no trip this weekend as i have a canoe class and next week is I.P.R. with paddling on the wildcat. Next trip is on the Eel River and will be from North Manchester down to S.R. 15 with details on put in etc. later. Pictures are from Joe S. and Dan V..

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Pigeon River Canoe Trip--June 7, 2009

10 paddlers showed up for the trip; Brian & Mike H., Joe S., Martha T., Kevin H., Tom S., Dan, Bri, Melissa A., and Nick N.. There were 3 kayaks and 5 canoes floating down a perfect water level, with overcast sky and very confortable temperature. Lots of wildlife was observed on this outing with the big sighting being a river otter! After a portage around the dam at Liberty Mills a short paddle took us to the take out at the PAS below town. Then a trip back to Fort Wayne for supper at a local Mexican restaurant to top the day off.

Michigan Ice Fest 2009

This was the first time any of us had been to an ice fest. This one is held every year, usually at the beginning of February, in Munising, MI, which is pretty much half way into the UP, on the shore of Lake Superior.

Because it was our first time on the ice, we all signed up for the Intro to Ice class. The entry fee included all ice-specific climbing gear, and the majority of the day was spent learning ice techniques. And the fee was quite reasonable. The instructors even had good Patagonia down jackets to loan out for people who weren't as prepared as us for the cold weather. :)