Looking downstream from the launch. You can see the river gauge,
which was at 2.45 feet when this picture was taken. The record, a
couple years ago, was 21 feet, which took it almost to the deck of
You can see how steep the bank is from the river, so the outfitter
copied a ski-lift to get canoes and kayaks up from the river. The
heavy continuous chain has steel hooks, which you can see if you
click to enlarge the picture. The bow is suspended from one hook,
the the stern from the other, and the lift takes the load up the hill.
You just meet your canoe at the top, and lift if off.
It wasn't until I left Sunday afternoon that the skies brightened
to give us a view of the beautiful mountain scape.
I've spent the last couple days helping my son build a fancy fence around the backyard of their equally fancy bed and breakfast. Beyond this, we're sitting out a few days of simmering severe thunderstorms and likely tornadoes. If we can keep the roof on the garage, Buddy and Ibi will wait patiently until we're ready to hit the road again.