Upper Manistee River US131 to No. 29 1/2 Road July 14, 2012

Paddled a new river today- a 13+ mile stretch of the Upper Manistee. Several spotty, heavy rain showers and a few lightning bolts near Cadillac had Karin and I wondering if we drove 120 miles north for nothing. As we were setting up and preparing to spot vehicles, another heavy but brief shower went through, soaking us all to the bone. But after 10 minutes it cleared up and we quickly dried off with the warm temperatures. We didn't see any more rain for the rest of the trip.
 The river level was good despite the lack of rain for the last 2 months. Other trips scheduled for today had to be canceled due to low water levels. It is getting harder to find a river close to home with good water depth.
We pretty much had the river to ourselves; only a few other canoes and kayaks on the water, and no tubes despite all the vehicles we saw driving around with tubes in them.
 Only a couple of bridges crossed the river, and very few houses along the banks.
Temperatures again were near 90 degrees. Turning out to be a very hot summer in addition to the near drought conditions. It's always much cooler on the water, though.
Getting all our ducks in a row on a fallen tree.
 Saw an eagle along the river, but was unable to get a picture as he turned and landed just before he got to us.
River was just wide enough that fallen trees were not a problem.
A good, swift current kept us moving along. Only a few eddies caused any difficulty at all. 

A nice relaxing 3 hour trip on a warm mid-summer afternoon. Makes working all week worth it. Wish I could get my wife to go on a longer trip like this.
Good times and great conversation as we found ourselves in a biker's bar (thanks to Jeff's GPS) for a drink afterward. Not a place we would normally go, but we had a good time. Another great weekend on the water.
Will definitely have to do this river again soon.

Paddled 13.43 miles. Year to date: 124.37 miles.

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