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The Dirty Bird, again.

Tuesday, August 09, 2022 8:55 AM | James Parnell (Administrator)

Yep, we paddled the Pigeon River again. I have really been fortunate while leading the 1st Saturday paddles. I believe every trip has produced a 1st time for many! Personal 1st descents, 1st time back after several years, someone debuting their 1st time paddling a Slice while taking someone having their 1st whitewater experience…sooo many 1st’. This trip was no exception. A group of 4 came out and stayed the weekend at Foxfire Campground in Hartford, TN. I must say, camping here sure makes for a very simple shuttle, since the takeout was our campsite. The temperature was 85 with mostly cloudy skies and isolated showers. It turned out to be another great day on the river.

We got on the water about 11:30 am and we were underway. The water quality seemed typical for the Pigeon, brown water with a slight odor:(. That didn’t stop us. We made it all the way to Accelerator before we had not one but two out of boat experiences. There was a touch of extra natural flow which made for some extra fluff. Recovery was quick and we headed on down the river. Then there was a 3rd OOBE prior to arriving at the takeout/campsite. We will save that story for campfire talk. It was a good day!

We followed that up with a trip to the Nantahala on Sunday. At the end, one of us felt sorry for the other three and opted to take a swim at Lesser Wesser. Now, at least we all had a turn swimming, right? It was another awesome weekend, and I am already looking forward to next month. Ocoee, maybe?



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