Maryland Outdoor Club
Sun, Aug 14 2005 - Moderate Paddle on the Monocacy (View Original Event Details)

Event Organizer(s): Chris Whalen
Participants:Chris Whalen, Beth Walton, Pamela Silberman, Chris Zhang, George Kohutiak, Bo Li, Jennifer

Write Up:
I would like to thank everyone who came out. We had a good group and lots of fun. It was a very hot and sunny day. The perfect antidote was to paddle up a river, eat lunch, and drift back. So that was our plan.

Bo, Jennifer, and Ke were in a huge canoe. It's a good thing that Ke brought them along because of the size of the vessel. The rest of us were in blue kayaks. Pam had to be different than everybody else. She was in a red kayak, nicknamed Smitty. After our introductions we launched into the Monacacy River. It was running a little low, which caused some problems. We had to get out of our boats several times in the beginning to get around a really rocky section. We took a break to let everybody regroup. We proceeded upstream and passed a couple of easier rapids and took a break at a little island. We passed by some campers along the shore. We saw several species of birds, including Blue Herons. We paddled a little further to reach our destination, a nice big island that had trees. We stopped for lunch and enjoyed the shade. Pam went for a swim before eating. We had lots of good conversation and food. The big topic was a mobile home across from us having French doors and another one that had two stories. Pam was the only smart person to put their boat under the tree. The rest of us had toasty boats.

On our way back, while drifting under some power lines, we could hear the crackle of electricity being transmitted. Then Seth got excited. He found some koi and carp that were pretty big. We got hung up on some of the rapids because the water level was down. We had to navigate around some people fishing from shore and wading in the middle of the river near the end.

--Chris Whalen

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