Euharlee River Kayaking

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Another kayaking trip with the Coosa River Basin Initiative, or, more to the point, 30 people who signed up for their guided trip.  Actually, the name of the river is the Etowah, but for some reason they call it the Euharlee as it passes by that small town.   It would be a nine mile trip on a perfect Earth Day.  And what better place than to paddle downstream from an environmentally impactful coal fired power plant?  

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And… the Etowah isn’t a pretty river.  Sure, there are setbacks for most development, but it’s wide and brown.  Below I feature stairs to nowhere.

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They probably lead some distance to a residence, as there were indications of very nice homes out of sight from the river banks.  You figure this out when you Google Earth the river as you kayak it…  Here’s someone’s resting spot.

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This has the look of a farm or plantation to it, but it’s a killer “clubhouse” overlooking the river – Lights, bar, bathrooms, the works.  One possibly unknown to readers is that while boaters enjoy Federal rights to use rivers, they do not have the right to enter private property that borders it.  Many of the residents chose to post their friendly “No Trespassing” signs.

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Swallows were in great abundance.  Under the bridges are many clay nests where they entered and departed.  Whether they were African or European, I don’t know!

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Life finds a way, like this tree hanging on to an old bridge support.

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No trouble ahead!

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Ah, well, there’s a “rock garden,” both observable and very close to the surface.  My kayak got a few scratches this trip.

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The most interesting person was a lady possibly from German descent who wanted to explore the river for mushrooms.  She tries to eat an all natural diet and was searching for a specific variety of mushroom that tends to grow on oak tree roots.  With her wandering eye, she got stuck twice on rocks and flipped her kayak as well.  I did my good deed for the day month by helping her once, when it was pinned under a tree and she was standing next to it, almost in shock. Or, maybe it was the loss of her iPhone… and whatever was in her dry bag, as she didn’t seal it correctly.  In any case, fungi are passion for some.

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A little lunch break above in presumably a no-man’s land.  We also passed a good number of people fishing, two of whom I saw with bass catches.  I think maybe I’ve seen one other fish caught on the Etowah in all my previous trips.  The lady below was a good conversationalist, along with her husband.  She won the “color coordinated” award.

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All in all, about a 4.5 hour trip in great weather, and a section that was more fun than others on the Etowah due to the rock garden and the Indian fishing weirs, which create minor obstacles/rapids.  In other words, you don’t just paddle straight down the river!

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