We left home at 7:30AM and arrived at the drop-off point just below Buford Dam at the Lower Pool Park at 8:45AM. Everyone was instructed to meet at the park before dividing up to caravan to the take-out point north of McGinnis Ferry Road. Passengers stayed with the boats and drivers drove to the take-out point. Since McGinnis Ferry Road is south of the put-in point and closer to home I left our vehicle there and hitched a ride with another paddler back to the Lower Pool Park. Other drivers hauled the rest of us back to the start. We had already driven over an hour to get there. The logistics of kayaking seem to center around coordinating the retrieval of either boats or vehicles. It's a small price to pay!
|Susan at Lower Pool Park below Buford Dam|
We hit the water at about 10:30AM just as the fog cleared from the river. The water temperature was somewhere around 50-degrees. It was cold! Fortunately, Susan and I ended up in the "drink".
|Kayaks ready to to get wet|
|Susan is excited and ready to go|
|Paddlers line-up as they head down the river|
|Break-time as Ranger Jerry in the distance gives us some instructions|
|We stopped for lunch at the 5-mile point|
|Lunch-time on a rock outcrop|
|Susan made us some sandwiches|
|Ranger Jerry on the left was the only canoe paddler|
|The rock outcrop had several small harbors|
|Susan and I at lunch rock|
|Two of the paddlers were in OKU Kayaks - they fold up|
|The clear water - 2-feet deep here|
|Our group passes under Settles Bridge|
|Me in my kayak|
|The take-out at McGinnis Ferry Road|
|Folding up the OKU kayak|
|I saw this Flint Riverkeeper sticker on another boat|
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