Wednesday, April 6, 2016
Canoeing the Buffalo: Day Two
Dawn finally came and the rest of my family finally woke up. I always love seeing daylight come when camping out and the bluff across the river was hit with the first sunlight of the day. It was a beautiful sight though my panoramic feature of the camera blurred it when I was taking a picture. Sometimes I get so focused on capturing sun lit objects in the morning that I forget to turn around and look to see where the sun is rising. However I eventually did and was rewarded with the beautiful view seen below.
After breakfast and packing up camp, we hit the river quite a bit earlier than the day before so we didn't have to paddle hard. It was still quite windy at times and we had to work to cross a couple pools, mostly we stayed in the lee of the large bluffs along the river and floated along. Because we were still making good time, we stopped early beneath a bluff seen below for lunch and decided we would finish lunch with some ice cream at a nearby town when we got off the river soon after.
It was a great shake down trip for the four who had never been canoe camping and three of whom don't know how to swim. I know it was a great trip because all of them said they would like to do another trip again. For the more experienced paddlers among us, it was also a good trip because we hit a weather window and had two days of sunshine with a nearly full moon shining on us at night. The next day it would be much colder, overcast and with quite a bit of rain falling off and on. That would certainly have made my collapsed tent a bit more challenging.