SRVCC Short Week of Rivers
Bryson City, Nc
June 25-28, 2010
Deep Creek Tubing Center and Campground
Another great vacation at Deep Creek Campground. Just like last year, we enjoyed the company of my SRVCC friends and their families very much. On Friday, after setting up camp, we hit the creek for a tube run with Elena, Edrie, Caroline and Jacob. Amy and the boys made a second run on Saturday while I was gone paddling and said that it was even more fun than on Friday. We built a campfire our first night, roasting hotdogs and marshmallows. Saturday night we had a big communal cookout with Lang and Cindy providing pork burgers as the main course. Then just before dark, we built another fire so that the kids could roast marshmallows again. Just like last year, I have nothing but positive things to say about the campground. We thoroughly enjoyed our time there and are already looking forward to next year. On Sunday, after enjoying Tommy's breakfast burritos, we packed up and left camp. Before driving home though, we made a visit to the Nantahala Outdoor Center, snagging a parking spot right in front of the River's End. We enjoyed a great pizza on their back porch overlooking the river, then did a little window shopping at the outfitter's store.
The French Broad
Section 9 - Barnard to Stackhouse
June 26, 2010
Lang, Cindy, Joanne, Bob, Randy, Mike and I hopped over to the French Broad from Bryson City during the SRVCC short week of rivers. The weather was great and I was pretty happy with the water level, especially at the Sandy Bottom wave. My other favorite spot was Pillow Rock. After taking out to snap photos at Pillow, I paddled back into it for the first time and was rewarded with a really fun ender. I also took the river-right Pinball sneak chute for the first time and thought it was one of the more scenic parts of the trip. It was a great group and I enjoyed the company as we made our way down the river. We took out at Stackhouse and headed back to camp for the big Saturday night cookout.
June 27, 2010
One of my favorite kayaking moments of 09 was surfing the NOC wave. Carving back and forth on it and bouncing down the front of it was pretty addictive. I returned a year later to either find the NOC wave at a little higher level of difficulty or my paddling at a little lower level of proficiency. I took a beating in the rocks each time the wave flushed me out upside down. My penalty for not rolling faster while still in the hole. The next day I felt like I had fallen down a flight of stairs. I even managed to bruise the sole of my right foot, how does that happen?. My back has a nice big red bruise, I'm missing a couple of chunks from my hands, but once again, it was the highlight of my weekend. Loved it, even with the beat-downs and the numerous unsuccessful attempts. There is just something fun about getting thrown from the bull, pulling up your boot straps and hopping back on for another try. I had called it a day when some of my SRVCC pals walked up and Amy talked me into going back out for one more ride. I'm glad she did because it was the only time I managed to get on the wave, surf, then get back off it without getting the crap knocked out of me. Jackson says that I made it 8 seconds, he might have been generous with that, but I'll take it. The real highlight though was watching Tommy Yon surf the living *#&$ out of that hole. Beautiful 360s, both forward and reverse, cartwheel after cartwheel bare handed, move after move. That cat knows that wave and what to do with it. Really cool stuff to see.