Wednesday, June 27, 2012

How to: Running Bow Draw and Pry

Here are the next strokes the Vermont Paddler plans to learn and practice once the rain stops filling the river. The Lamoille practice pool behind the canoe pile will once again host a zany paddler in a solo canoe patiently going back and forth, back and forth, perhaps to the head-scratching delight of passers-by on the Cambridge Rec Path.
And to the delight of Zak the Paddling Pup, who will be the excuse to stop a moment. The stick doesn't fly by itself and he insists with an irresistible stare that the stick flies. 

The Youtube blurb:
Becky Mason takes you for a spin in her cedar-canvas canoe on the crystal clear waters of Lac Vert, Quebec. Be spellbound by the advanced strokes and maneuvers she shows and the stunning underwater camera angles. During the ride, Becky shares her tips, techniques and stories that surround these heritage strokes.

The Resurgence of the Connecticut River

Originally aired 6/21/12 on Vermont Public Radio.
By Tom Slayton
Tom Slayton - photo from VPR.
Canoeing down a river, you hear the rapids long before you see them. The small ones whisper and the big ones rattle and roar. 
I canoed the fast-moving upper reaches of the Connecticut River recently with the Vermont River Conservancy. It had been almost 30 years since I had paddled the upper Connecticut, and I had forgotten how much whitewater there is in that stretch of river - and how beautiful it is. 
We paddled under a pure blue sky with the bright, bright greens of June in the forest on either side of the river. The water was quick-flowing, clean and clear. The bottom was sometimes rocky, sometimes sandy; you could see it clearly through four and five feet of water as we were swept along. 
As we approached the end of the first day's paddle, Lyman Falls, we could hear it rumbling from far off. It's an old, shattered power dam with hazardous chunks of concrete and nasty bits of iron rebar sticking out. They impede the river's flow and make passage tricky. You definitely don't want to get hung up there. 

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Ducks on the Fourth

The Fourth of July is coming fast and the folks at Fairfax Recreation have a Duck Race to raise money for their programs. They need a half-dozen paddlers to shepherd them down the river and gather them up at the end. You can even be on a float in the parade in addition to floating on the river.
The Vermont Paddler plans to be there and hopes you will, too. Here's the skinny:

Contact: Katrina Antonovich

The ducky race is at 3:30pm on Wed. July 4, 2012.
Ducks will go in the water around 3:15pm.

Parade is in town at 1pm - ends in the park around 2...
Feel free to be a part of our float in the parade as well...

Canoe in the Sand