|You need a good paddling
||[Jun. 25th, 2007|02:33 pm]
Geek Girls Sports Club - Austin, Texas
I paddled a lovely stretch of the San Marcos River yesterday, and may I say it is PERFECT right now. Who wants to go check it out? :)
I'm thinking of a trip from San Marcos City Park to Pecan Park Retreat, which is six miles and should take 3-ish hours (maybe a little longer depending on how leisurely we are); conveniently, this is the exact stretch of river that the rental place covers. The only significant rapids on this stretch are at Rio Vista Park, which is a reasonably easy portage and the rental company doesn't allow their boats to go over it anyway (I'm not sure how they enforce this since it's a mile below the put-in, but better safe than sorry, I guess). Anyone who really wants to run it is welcome to try it out in my boat. It's great fun if there aren't a lot of tubers around.
Past Rio Vista, there is a pleasant current (really, most of the way you don't even need to paddle) with some small ripply spots, a three-foot waterfall that's really fun to go over (and easy to portage if you don't want to), and one really heinous portage that involves sliding our boats over a 15-foot dam. That will be the worst part. :( Here is a good description of this portion of the river. (Note that the Graduation Falls they mention is not the evil portage, nor is it something we'll want to attempt in sit-on-tops. But if anyone ever gets the urge to paddle over a waterfall, we should get hold of some whitewater boats and go there. It's easy and safe.)
Rentals are $25 a boat for the day and that includes the shuttle, and I can pay them a little extra to shuttle my boat. That'll save us some time and hassle. :) Once we nail down a date, we should probably make reservations in advance (which requires a $20 deposit that you have to give eight days' notice to get back, so let's be sure about this!).
As much as I hate to say this, the earlier we get on the water, the better (the tubers start coming out in force between 10:00 & 11:00, and once they're there the first mile or so will suck). I'm thinking we meet here in town around 8:00 a.m. and take one or two cars to the rental place.
So ... dates? Saturdays are better for me ... I can do this Saturday (June 30), or July 7, 14, or 28. If Sundays are absolutely the only day that will work for someone, I could skip a day of polo and do July 8, 15, or 29. I'm out of town July 21 & 22.
Oh, and ideally we'll need four or five people to be able to do that big dam portage I mentioned, so let's try to find a day we can all go!
Also, if anyone has never kayaked before and is nervous about starting on a river, I should first assure you that it's a very mellow river, but we could arrange a Town Lake paddle first. Just let me know.