May 31, 2015 Bow River

Day 2 of 2

I woke up to heavy condensation inside the tent, which wasn’t surprising considering the cool night and four people inside a 3-person tent. I got up at 6 a.m. with the oldest child, the younger followed around 6:30 a.m. and we ate breakfast. The kids found a playground of massive poplar trees piled along the shore from the floods.

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The trees were piled in a complex tangle up to about 3 metres high, which created multiple levels to climb on. There were small “caves” in pockets underneath that looked like they were being used by coyotes as evidenced by the bones of carcasses.

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Sarah was up by 8 a.m., when I started packing up and drying out the tent fly. We launched at 9:30 a.m. and paddled downstream to meet up with about four others from the paddling club, who were joining us for a day trip further down the river.

We completed the vehicle shuttle by around 11:30 a.m. We regretted placing the 20 L water jug in the car to make additional space in the canoe when our four 1 L water bottles ran low within the first hour or so. We managed to get a refill from another boat at a lunch stop around 1 p.m. The temperature reached a high of around +22 C, which felt very hot for this time of year, although a light breeze on the water made for perfect paddling weather.

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The river flow reduced from 220 to 200 m3/s, we could see the wetted portion along shore where the water had dropped overnight. We took in some water on one of the rapids from an unexpected sideways wave, but it only took a few spongefulls to empty the boat.

We landed at the boat access upstream of Carseland Weir around 3 p.m., we had the car loaded in record time by 3:30 p.m. and were home by around 4:30 p.m., where I began the process of cleaning and packing the gear away and then ordered take-out for supper.

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Drawing of our island campsite

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