Wallkill River Saturday Sept. 17th with HRCKC

Saturday the 17th promised to be a beautiful day,  so despite Martin’s warnings seven of us showed up at the Sussex Queen diner. In Martin’s words “it’s high but ok. but with probable carrying/climbing/dragging over blowdowns and strainers – may be quite strenuous.”

What followed hardly lived up to its billing. The sun that made the day look so pleasant at the start disappeared behind the clouds not long into the trip but we never had to get out of the boats…in fact, we never got out of the boats at all, as the still muddy Wallkill flood plain was not too inviting for a lunch break.

But a quiet, beautiful, remote river….disturbed only by the sound of distant chainsaws cleaning up after Irene.

Wallkill River September 17, 2011

Kate, Ivor, Al on the Wallkill River
Kate, Ivor, Al on the Wallkill River
Kate, Ivor, Al on the Wallkill River Wallkill River
Kate, Ivor, Al on the Wallkill River Wallkill River
Al, Kate, Martin and Ted at the great strainer that is no more on the Wallkill River. Martin said he usually rescued a few folks here.
Al, Kate, Martin and Ted at the great strainer that is no more on the Wallkill River. Martin said he usually rescued a few folks here.
Ted on the Wallkill River
Ted on the Wallkill River
Martin watching Kate navigate our trickes section.
Martin watching Kate navigate our trickes section.
 
Al and Kate choose their boat colors to match the scenery.
Al and Kate choose their boat colors to match the scenery.
Martin and Al.
Martin and Al.

A note on the Sussex Queen…there’s a reason the queen was banished out this far west and there’s room in her parking lot for a rendezvous….my wife Martha grabbed a stale danish but it was way better then the coffee-some of the worst coffee I have ever tasted (and I make my coffee cowboy style when I backpack).

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