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#11 Vic

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Posted 04 August 2016 - 04:43 AM

3 Hobie 11' Revolutions - wife, daughter and myself all enjoy.  We've done quite a few day trips on the flat waters around Reno.  Working up to our first overnight.  Also do some fishing off of mine.  

 

My winter project is to come up with either a kayak trailer or easier way to put them on the roof of the camper.  


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Posted 04 August 2016 - 05:54 AM

Longtime seawater. Glacier bay, Prince William sound, misty fjords,telegraph cove, lake Powell.
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Posted 04 August 2016 - 05:55 AM

Make that seakayaker
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#14 Lighthawk

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Posted 04 August 2016 - 06:42 AM

We've got a pair of Wilderness Pungo 120's.  Good for flatwater with a good adjustable seat for back support.

We have the cockpit inserts, but forgo them with the dog in one 'yak and my camera duffle in the other.

 

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We use them on local mountain lakes and Tahoe.  

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We're heading up Loon Lake (Eldorado NF) in two weeks to celebrate Susan's special day.  A place we first met Ski3pin and the Lady.

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We also take the kayaks out to Sierra Valley in the spring to tour the water channels of the headwaters of the Middle Fork of the Feather River.   

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It's been a great vehicle for us both to have fun and for me to do some photography along the way.  This shot ran as a cover on a local magazine for a year, from a camp spot known to XPMarc and a few other members here.

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Both boats load up well with Yakima roller/saddles on factory Yak tracks.

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Posted 04 August 2016 - 11:48 AM

Any Lil Abner fans out there? In North West Arkansas is the Buffalo River that has a National Park on it. The river is the cleanest River I've paddled in a LONG time. If ever in the area you need to paddle at least a few miles. Plenty of outfitters if you want to rent and they will ferry you to a start or pickup. While there you may even want to visit Dog Patch :) Very remote and beautiful area.


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Posted 04 August 2016 - 02:01 PM

Until I get one the dog can ride in I've kind of stopped kayaking. My new solar panel kind of screwed up my carry plan also.

Craig, check out the Tripper 12 by Jackson Kayaks. I have an older version of this model. It has an extremely large open cockpit. I can fit a large ice chest behind me and still have four feet of open space in front of me.


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Posted 04 August 2016 - 02:49 PM

Any Lil Abner fans out there? In North West Arkansas is the Buffalo River that has a National Park on it. The river is the cleanest River I've paddled in a LONG time. If ever in the area you need to paddle at least a few miles. Plenty of outfitters if you want to rent and they will ferry you to a start or pickup. While there you may even want to visit Dog Patch :) Very remote and beautiful area.


I've done the Merrimack and Huzzah in Missouri, but did not make it to the Buffalo. It was the Huzzah where I learned that when the gunnel is in your armpit, you're going for a swim.
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Posted 05 August 2016 - 07:44 AM

I've had a love of canoes for the past 20 years. Bought a 17' Old Town "Tripper" royalex in 1994 when we first moved to Colorado. It's been used all over as our kids were growing up, Missouri, Utah, South Dakota (Custer State Park), Wyoming-Yellowstone in the Oxbow area, Colorado.

One favorite easy going river in Colorado is the Yampa River. Starts around Steamboat Springs, flowing west. I've taken Boy Scouts on three 50 mile trips. Put in at Craig, Colorado, take out At Juniper Hot Springs, near Maybell, CO, 50 miles down steam. Beautiful, relaxing, scenic. We did service projects each trip, the biggest one was pulling tires out of the river, for all fifty miles, that had been carried off with high water flow periods, from agricultural areas where they had been used to slow bank erosion. It felt good to give back, and make it better for those who followed. Also pulled a jack-knifed Coleman canoe out that apparently got trapped under water, and abandoned because high water had probably lodged it somewhere and it couldn't be budged.

Still have the Tripper, but also found a Kevlar Mad River Explorer last summer for a bargain. It's so much easier to portage, and a joy to paddle, love it! It is also far easier to put on top the camper.


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Posted 05 August 2016 - 04:15 PM

Nice work, Pokibro!
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Posted 05 August 2016 - 04:40 PM

Crossing my fingers.    There's a chance I may be able to pick up a new wood canvas canoe, built on the original Thompson Brothers form.  It's the 18' Hiawatha model.   


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