I’ve not yet aged to perfection. I still have a little of that accomplishment/acquisition blood in me. Having had our exciting though short-lived trip down the upper Allegheny, I wanted to do something major even if just a little major. I wanted to go up to Kennedy to get on the Conewango Creek upstream from where we had joined it years ago. We had already decided that the Cassadaga Creek presented too many issues of getting in and out or finding our way through the marshy parts. The Conewango is larger. And on Saturday when Karen’s son Jordan (getting to be baptized into the tradition of transporting us to or from paddling as Kyle and Chelsea had in the past) drove us to Kennedy, we learned it was not only larger but also significantly overflowing its banks.
We found that the road to the public ramp was closed because of the flooding water and, in case we were considering something stupid, a state trooper showed up just then to tell us the whole area was under water and we might consider getting in at Frewsburg. He must have known that we were all wondering what would happen if we drove around those barricades and found a way to get a canoe into the creek!
Two things: We had already paddled the Frewsburg part of the creek and we took this as a closure to getting onto the water that day. At least that is what we thought at the time.
Thanks to the generosity of a boat club, we were able to spend last night indoors, and woke up to a bit of sunshine. The rest of the day, however, was very wet. We had to wait out a thunderstorm under a bridge in West Virginia!
We are spending the night in the basement of a Catholic church in Bellaire, Ohio, after paddling about 35 miles. Thank you to Father Dan for taking us in on such a rainy night! Now, time for some dehydrated macaroni and cheese…yum.
Mark is getting involved by helping us keep our gear off the floor of the canoe as it fills with water (It’s pouring rain as I write). Very clever man…a few bungee cords and three ski poles later and we have cradle of sorts to suspend the gear.