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Old 04-15-2012, 06:44 PM   #1
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Raquette River 4/12-13/12

Went with my buddy Ray to pick up his new Rapidfire from Joe in Lake Placid on Wednesday. We camped out at Axton Landing that night, temps were cool and drizzling on and off. Next morning we paddled upstream to the lower falls, had a snack and hiked over to the upper falls. Ray is doing some trail work for the NFCT this summer so he wanted to get an idea of the area. We paddled back with the current and got back to our site in half the time it took us to get there. While we paddled we experienced almost every type of weather change, sun, rain, sleet, hail, wind. Every 10 minutes something else happened. That night it was really clear and the stars looked amazing.

Next morning, brrrrr chilly with frost around the area. Ray's thermometer said the temps were in the 20's. Boy would that change in a few hours (hot around 65F, sun burnt face ). We loaded up the boats and went off into Stoney Creek, what a wonderful meandering paddle. I ended up showing him the wrong take out and luckily a driver on the road told us to go back and turn left at the island and look for the take out there. Once we found it we took a 5 min break and paddled back to Axton. Go figure the wind was at our face and the current in the lake felt like I was paddling in heavy syrup, just going slowly nowhere. Once we got into Stony Creek all was well and we were back at Axton loading up. We saw the ranger pull his boat in and then we saw a state trooper suv hauling a boat that was parked at Axton. Fantastic time, can't wait to continue our ADK adventures. Total driving mileage was app 800 miles, we paddled for app 16 miles...priceless! Hope to get pics up soon!.....David
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https://picasaweb.google.com/1097878...PPj5M6ci_fRBA#

Hope this works....I gotta figure out an easier way
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Old 04-15-2012, 08:05 PM   #3
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David,

Is that your RF with the spray cover? I see these fast, light and low sheer boats (and some of the ones I build) as the ultimate evolution of Adirondack paddling. Big water, beaver drags, filled with gear or empty, better than anything else that came before...

Oh, and I especially like your photo of the Sewards



much better than mine from another season:

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Old 04-15-2012, 08:06 PM   #4
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Do you have/use picasa? With picasa, you can sort, tag, caption, edit and upload your photos all in the same program...
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Old 04-15-2012, 09:12 PM   #5
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Do you have/use picasa? With picasa, you can sort, tag, caption, edit and upload your photos all in the same program...
DSettahr, yep i have it and yep I didn't read the directions and yep i'm a lazy boy. One of these days when I have the time I'll figure it out. Hmmmm, that might be a great excuse to tell me wife why I have to go back next weekend, thx.

Stripperguy, yep mine is with the spray skirt. I got talked into buying one, what the heck I'm helping out the economy. That's so funny that we have the exact same shot at different times, so that's the Sewards? My hiking days are very few now because of one bad knee (good knee was replaced ) but I don't want to go through that operation again, so it looks like i'm gonna get the viewsfromthebottom! VFTB
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so it looks like i'm gonna get the viewsfromthebottom! VFTB
Mr. Coldfeet,

Sounds like you had a good trip - nothing like a little adversity for the story and the memories. Nice pics.

Rebecca has the same Rapidfire boat/spray skirt color scheme; mine is green on green.

When you start VFTB Forum, will you sponser me? I promise to be a responsible poster.

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Mr. Coldfeet,

When you start VFTB Forum, will you sponser me? I promise to be a responsible poster.

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Mike, that's funny Wonder what the VFTB patch would look like?

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