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PostPosted: December 17 18, 5:11 pm 
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Would love to hear about more of your paddling adventures, Freed Roger. Don't forget about the flying carp on the Missouri. That has been the scariest thing to me while paddling that one.

Only time I encountered crazy fish were at the mouth of creeks I've paddled by/up. Was told carp are mostly stirred up by motorized vessels. Did you get hit?

Yes, while paddling in 8-foot kayaks in July. If there is a next time I paddle the Illinois/Missouri/Mississippi around here I am wearing a helmet. I wish I was exaggerating. It was a combination of hilarious / terrifying / exhilarating because at any time one of those monsters could launch at your head when your paddle touched the water.

Ach. I almost wish I didn't know this. Was paddling out in the gulf/ocean last month and preferred not to look down and see what those dark things underneath in the water were. Two I couldn't help but notice, big stingray, and a giant swamp turtle.


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PostPosted: December 17 18, 5:13 pm 
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Well, pretend I didn't say it. I want to live vicariously through your paddling adventures :P


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PostPosted: December 17 18, 10:14 pm 
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Hoot45 wrote:
Freed Roger wrote:
Hoot45 wrote:
Would love to hear about more of your paddling adventures, Freed Roger. Don't forget about the flying carp on the Missouri. That has been the scariest thing to me while paddling that one.

Only time I encountered crazy fish were at the mouth of creeks I've paddled by/up. Was told carp are mostly stirred up by motorized vessels. Did you get hit?

Yes, while paddling in 8-foot kayaks in July. If there is a next time I paddle the Illinois/Missouri/Mississippi around here I am wearing a helmet. I wish I was exaggerating. It was a combination of hilarious / terrifying / exhilarating because at any time one of those monsters could launch at your head when your paddle touched the water.

Wasn’t as bad as your experience, Hoot, but the carp were definitely flying in the Cache River Wetlands on our last float a few years back.


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PostPosted: December 18 18, 11:34 am 
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Would love to hear about more of your paddling adventures,.


the carp were definitely flying in the Cache River Wetlands on our last float a few years back.

I'm going to get to Cache. Preferebly before the heat takes over. Got to make a list of places to go that need spring water flows - i.e lower Jacks Fork.

And photos, only because you twisted my arm, (and the seasonal paddling withdrawals I'm having - may have to brave the colder waters for a fix)

This fall, Meramec - put in at Campbell Bridge access of Highway N, southeast of Bourbon. On a good summer weekend, there would be 100s of floaters here
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Correction -after dropping my gear at the access, I did the self shuttle first this time, parking my car at the take out then jogged backed on the gravel road. Take out is kind of bootleg access, right towards the end of it, I have to drive by an occupied river house-where the old guy sometimes blocks the road with his car. First couple times I felt nervous going past, but he waved me around. The route back is only about 4miles, pretty cool and scenice, remote dead end road - sometimes I bike it instead. Only one confederate flag. Vilander Bluff Trail is off this gravel road, which is a 2.5 mile side trip.
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I paddle upstream a ways, to check out the current and make the float down more deserved.
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Found something new this time. I happened to look back upstream at the bluffs I passed and saw this cave up about half ways, that looked like it could be scrambled to. A few beer cans and remnants of a campfire, but generally looks like most the booze cruisers never make it up there, judging by the flock of doves or whatever that flew out of the cave mouth. i went back about 50 yards, but only had my phone flashlight, so turned around. DId a little poking around the internets trying to find the name of this cave, and how prolific it is. No luck. It may be considered part of Onondaga. Not far is an Onyx Cave but don't think that is it.... BTW, landmark namers need to mix it up, there are too many caves named Onyx, and springs named Blue.

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PostPosted: December 18 18, 12:01 pm 
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Great photos and descriptions! You're giving me paddling withdrawls now too. Thanks for taking the time to share those.


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