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LRWA fall outing

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Offline jim2

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LRWA fall outing
« on: September 21, 2015, 01:09:16 PM »
http://southllano.org/blog/wp-content/files/LRWA_Fall_Outing.pdf  This section of the river is very gentle, and family friendly.

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Re: LRWA fall outing
« Reply #1 on: September 30, 2015, 12:03:35 PM »
Had a good trip to Junction. The paddle was easy, yet pretty. I've done this part before always alone. Paddling with a group was a different experience for me, much slower than what I'm used to. The folks I talked to were all very knowledgeable about some part of the river.
One family runs Native American Seed, they grow native plants, then harvest and sell the seed.   I paddled past their place below the dam In Junction. There  was a fair amount of enginnering talk along the way. One guy talked about the bridge over the river in the state park and the erosion it's caused in a thirty year span. A parking lot that was built in the park at same time as the bridge has fallen into the river, I remember using that lot and then a few years later seeing chunks of it in the river. They are thinking of replacing that bridge.
 Another guy had done the original survey of the park in the eighties. What I had always thought was a collapsed bridge turns out to be a broken dam. The dam was part of an irrigation project built in the 20s. The ditches ran for miles, all the way to town. The project never went operational.  He also pointed out where the river had had changed course since the survey, some pretty big changes.
 Close to the end of  the paddle we stopped at an enclosure only the speaker called it on exclusion. Either way it's an area that's been fenced off, no deer no pigs. I've seen a few small ones before, this one had to be 100 feet by 100 feet. Amazing difference, the outside of the enclosure is hammered,  eaten down, lot's of bare soil. Inside, lush new trees, grasses,and forbes, every inch of ground being used by some plant.
  I camped at the park after the paddle. I need a lot more padding between me and the ground! I was able to watch the eclipse from my site, that was very cool.
Monday morning I was putting my kayak in the water at 745 it was 58 degrees. There was just enough water vapor in the atmosphere to soften the light on the paddle . The blue green water and the  golden green vegetation along the banks made for a beautiful paddle.  I found some interesting plants and made a mental note, i should be able to find them with very little trouble next spring

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Offline Jalco

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Re: LRWA fall outing
« Reply #2 on: September 30, 2015, 02:31:56 PM »
Jim,

Good report.  Glad you had a good time.  Sorry I missed it.

I need more padding as well!

J

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Offline Talusman

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Re: LRWA fall outing
« Reply #3 on: October 01, 2015, 09:14:47 AM »
Would love to see some pictures. I love that area and would have enjoyed the slow ride and information. Thanks for sharing.
"To Think is easy. To Act is difficult. To Act as one Thinks is the most difficult!"

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Offline jim2

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Re: LRWA fall outing
« Reply #4 on: October 22, 2015, 08:46:28 PM »
These were taken on a more recent trip.     

 


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