Aug. 30, 2020
By Jane M

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Despite heavy rains the day before, blue skies and sun greeted our group of 6 intrepid paddlers at the boat put-in at Appleton on Sunday, Aug. 30th. Appleton, about 40 minutes SW of Ottawa off Hwy 7, enroute to Carleton Place, is nestled among lovely, scenic farm country, well worth a visit. Four paddlers brought along their own kayaks and two of us paddled Mark’s favourite blue canoe. Did I mention the strong NW winds that added a chill to the morning and extra paddling pressure as we pushed off toward Almonte? The Mississippi River in this area is bordered by low, heavy marsh, perfect for bird watching. Blue herons were sighted along the way. After vigorous paddling we reached the Almonte public beach where we lunched and enjoyed the kids who seemed oblivious to the cool temps as they splashed about in the river. We literally ‘sailed’ home with the strong winds behind us. A 16 km. round trip approximately. Our paddling team included Art B., Debbie G, guest of Heather R., Jane O., Jane M. and leader Mark Scott. The Flatwater Committee thanks Mark for his willingness to lead so many day trips this summer. Well done Mark!


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