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Well, sort of. I'm planning to head to the CT River this Monday, assuming it's not still dangerously high.

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Very cool and I wish you all the luck in the world. Hope it goes well. Some friends and I will raise a cold one to a safe journey for you this afternoon! :D

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GG, your friends look kind of sunburned.

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Granite Guy- Even your snapshots are awesome! Thanks for the regards! I just took the boat on a test run. Yikes! It's a heavy low-rider!

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Cracky wrote:
It's a heavy low-rider!


Probably on account of all of the Fluff.

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GG, your friends look kind of sunburned.

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You should see the mess they went and got themselves into after a couple beers. Sunburn is the least of their worries!


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Good luck! I love kayak camping. Make sure you put the Fluff on the bottom for extra flotation.

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It's funny you guys noticed the fluff. I love the stuff on treks. It's super lightweight and offers tons of quick, cheap calories to add to peanut butter and doesn't get funky in the heat. Well, that and I love the stuff.

After a few days, the water will be deep enough to hang a sixer of beer cans in the water for a cold treat at night. Now THAT'S wilderness trekking.

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I was poking around a bit online but can't find this anywhere. How long does the source to sea trip usually take anyhow?


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I was poking around a bit online but can't find this anywhere. How long does the source to sea trip usually take anyhow?


Wicked good question. I have no idea. The river is different every year and people travel in all kinds of boats. Right now the water is at record highs, which could mean quick travel, but also tricky launching/landing and portaging. Plus, a heavy boat doesn't negotiate the rapids as well.

I'm budgeting a month. But, there's a chance I'll last one night and come home missing my kids. :wink: Either way, I have to try.

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I'm budgeting a month. But, there's a chance I'll last one night and come home missing my kids. :wink: Either way, I have to try.


Wow - good luck!! We'll be expecting a trip report when you return, of course!

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Thanks, KellyK. I really appreciate the support. :D

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I was poking around a bit online but can't find this anywhere. How long does the source to sea trip usually take anyhow?


Wicked good question. I have no idea. The river is different every year and people travel in all kinds of boats. Right now the water is at record highs, which could mean quick travel, but also tricky launching/landing and portaging. Plus, a heavy boat doesn't negotiate the rapids as well.

I'm budgeting a month. But, there's a chance I'll last one night and come home missing my kids. :wink: Either way, I have to try.


I was going to ask if the family was meeting you every so often or camping with you every weekend or something but didn't want to bring that up. I'm not sure I could pull myself away from mine for that long either and I'm sure that'll be tough for you. Very hard to balance family and big trip time these days for me. This stuff was so much easier pre-family!


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Cracky wrote:
Wicked good question. I have no idea. The river is different every year and people travel in all kinds of boats. Right now the water is at record highs, which could mean quick travel, but also tricky launching/landing and portaging. Plus, a heavy boat doesn't negotiate the rapids as well.

I'm budgeting a month. But, there's a chance I'll last one night and come home missing my kids. :wink: Either way, I have to try.


With all the dams along the river I doubt that it will be noticeably faster, especially along central NH. I've only done the section from the Dodge Falls Haydro Plant in E Ryegate, VT to Springfield, VT. I know that the section south of Woodsville, NH to the Wilder dam sucked. :twisted: About 30 miles or so of flatwater. I'm not saying I wouldn't do it again though. I would love to do the northern portion.

Where are you starting? 4th CT Lake?

Also, the Upper Valley Land Trust has several kayak/canoe only camp sites between E Ryegate, VT and Windsor, VT. http://www.uvlt.org/public-access/campsitesuv/

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A month of paddling? Sounds great!

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