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Published On 7/9/2024
Great folks, great river, great weather, great day!
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Published On 7/5/2024
Trip Report for the July 4th morning on the Boardman River. Forks to Brown Bridge.
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Published On 6/30/2024
A fun exploration of a little-known area.
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Published On 6/30/2024
It's been 20 years since we started this project
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Published On 6/26/2024
The weather sprites were kind, and the paddling was pleasant!
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Published On 6/19/2024
For three hours seven Boardman River Clean Sweepers beat the heat searching for trash on the river, which we left pristine.
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Published On 6/19/2024
Jackie Anderson is the recipient of this coveted award
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Published On 6/16/2024
Boardman Clean-up from Hanna Park to Parking Lot D Ramp
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Published On 6/13/2024
It was supposed to rain but it was simply gorgeous today with a stiff West wind.
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Published On 6/10/2024
The wind, rain, and cool temps could not stop this group from a paddle trip down a pretty section of the river!
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Published On 6/1/2024
What a nice day for a cleanup
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Published On 5/31/2024
Great day, great group, great river!
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Published On 5/25/2024
We had one teenager and that was fun.
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Published On 5/25/2024
1st TAPC L&L Memorial Kayak Presentation
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Published On 5/23/2024
Not a lot of trash but we had fun anyway.
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Published On 5/8/2024
A relaxing paddle and the weather cooperated!
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Published On 5/6/2024
Five paddlers enjoyed a blue sky and sunny day, with FIVE Liquid Logic Remix kayaks!!!. The buds on the trees were just beginning to pop - while silhouetted against the sky. We had a relaxing picnic table lunch break at Dodson. Total time on the river was about 4.5 hours.
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Published On 4/23/2024
A day in reverse
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Published On 4/10/2024
We had an absolutely great warm, intermittently sunny and windy day on the river. The weatherpersons had forecast no wind or clouds, but with upper 50's, it was almost perfect and for this early in the season there were no downed trees across the river from the winter storms or portages to do. We had Mike, Jocelyn, Susan, Marlene, Sara, Paul and Irene. Perfect. We saw 2 Eagles and very little trash. We had 3 canoes and 4 kayaks.
Discharge 120 CFS
Flood Stage 7 Ft.
Stage Today 3.29 Ft
% Normal 73
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Published On 3/12/2024
An enjoyable paddle on a sunny, blue sky day. Unseasonably warm temperatures provided a great opportunity to get together for a fun day. Our group experienced a headwind and even a few small white caps at the opening into Loon Lake, causing us to head toward the west shoreline to reach calm waters. We observed a numerous beaver chews along the shoreline and well as a pair of Red Shouldered hawks performing their flight mating ritual. (Thank you, Paul M, for recognizing this ritual)
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Published On 10/20/2023
October 18, 2023 -- Boardman, Forks to Brown Bridge
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Published On 10/16/2023
Thirty of us gathered at Bradley's in Interlochen for the end-of-the season gathering. Club officers reported all is well, and all Board members signed on for the next year. Several awards and prizes were given. Bradley's accommodated individual bills. And a slide show from the season ran throughout on the overhead TV.
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Published On 9/25/2023
Tragically Lois and John were killed while driving home from this, their last paddle. Their memory will be with us on future paddles with stories told and retold, and they will always be missed.
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Published On 9/23/2023
September 23, 2023 - Downtown Boardman River Cleanup Report
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Published On 9/16/2023
September 16, 2023- Upper Manistee River W/ KCD - M72 to HNW - HNW to Yellow Trees Report
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Published On 9/9/2023
Sept 9, 2023 - Main Branch AuSable Cleanup w/ Anglers
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Published On 9/6/2023
Jordan River Graves to Rogers Rd
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Published On 9/3/2023
Betsie River Thompsonville to County Line Rd
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Published On 9/1/2023
Little Manistee 9 mile to DNR Weir
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Published On 8/21/2023
Lots of out-of-town folks
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Published On 8/20/2023
A fun adventure on the Upper, Upper Manistee at its headwaters!
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Published On 8/19/2023
a little excitement for a new member, and the old ones too
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Published On 8/15/2023
Only two hours, two eagles, one great blue heron, wood turtle
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Published On 8/13/2023
We had a little rain and one capsize
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Published On 8/11/2023
August 11, 2023 - Golden Cedar River Cleanup - Gladwin w/ Little Forks Conservancy
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Published On 8/10/2023
A team of professionals, with a fallen tree and "legacy trash"
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Published On 8/8/2023
We have made a difference
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Published On 8/4/2023
Eagle, concert!
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Published On 8/2/2023
Uneventful, and gorgeous. There was one spot with excitement.
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Published On 8/1/2023
A hazy, lazy paddle from Bowers Harbor and circumnavigation of Power Island - what a great start to August!
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Published On 7/28/2023
It was supposed to rain but it turned out to be a great day on the river.
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Published On 7/27/2023
Two recent TCCHS graduates were dynamite river-pickers!
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Published On 7/24/2023
A few mishaps
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Published On 7/23/2023
Betsie River County Line - Homestead Dam
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Published On 7/22/2023
Launching at John's Landing was great! Only two dicey spots.
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Published On 7/22/2023
Upper AuSable
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Published On 7/21/2023
Only 5 of us were there but it was glorious day
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Published On 7/18/2023
Super-experienced group; we got a ton of old stuff
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Published On 7/15/2023
We worked with the Benzie Conservation District today
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Published On 7/14/2023
No rain on this parade!
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Published On 7/12/2023
Perfect weather, perfect conditions, perfect paddle!
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Published On 7/12/2023
While John was out of town picking up a new solo canoe, his wife headed to the Jordan with only one other person
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Published On 7/12/2023
An exploratory trip by one TAPC member
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Published On 7/10/2023
We dictated this on the trip home. He had his first unplanned swim break, twice!
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Published On 7/8/2023
Who would have predicted this?
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Published On 7/7/2023
We had a big turnout for this really fun cleanup.
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Published On 7/5/2023
Didn't think we'd find much - but the tire was worth the trip. Also, one capsize which doesn't count, since she was helping retrieve someone else's paddle.
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Published On 7/1/2023
On the water from 10:45 to 4:15, two helping hands, one conked head
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Published On 6/29/2023
Now we know why Sara calls this trip "Thrillseeker"
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Published On 6/27/2023
Report by brand new member
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Published On 6/24/2023
Jacqui's grandsons experience the Mighty Manistee
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Published On 6/20/2023
Six paddlers; numerous wildlife sightings
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Published On 6/18/2023
Summer is here!
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Published On 6/16/2023
Another gorgeous day on the river with friends - Old and New.
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Published On 6/16/2023
Spectacular sights and sounds, not to mention a speedy trip
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Published On 6/14/2023
Record time!
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Published On 6/14/2023
What a great day we had
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Published On 6/10/2023
We didn't think we'd find much, but we did!
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Published On 6/9/2023
The Betsie is really a hard river to do a cleanup but it really needs our attention.
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Published On 6/6/2023
It was another perfect day on the NBR
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Published On 5/30/2023
Part One
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Published On 5/27/2023
What a great day we had with the kids from Kingsley.
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Published On 5/26/2023
A Peaceful Morning Around Cedar Lake
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Published On 5/25/2023
Great way to start the paddling season
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Published On 5/15/2023
Gorgeous spring day!
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Published On 5/12/2023
Happy 45th anniversary to the trip hosts!
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Published On 5/6/2023
Maiden voyage of the TAPC season!
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Published On 11/2/2022
Great weather, great river level, and great people - it doesn't get much better!
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Published On 10/30/2022
Mild temps, no wind and good water level!
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Published On 10/22/2022
Sunshine, fall colors and a great way to (probably) end the season
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Published On 10/11/2022
Fall colors, and one fall
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Published On 10/9/2022
Great food, company, prizes, and
Miss Congeniality award!
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Published On 10/2/2022
A picture-perfect afternoon for a leisurely paddle
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Published On 10/1/2022
Quote of the day: "This is the best fall color trip I've ever been on!"
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Published On 9/30/2022
Lovely fall colors, good group
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Published On 9/21/2022
Clam River Falmouth to Stoney Corner Rd
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Published On 9/20/2022
Afternoon delight
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Published On 9/15/2022
Upper Manistee River Cleanup w/ Kalkaska Conservation District - We split into two groups and had a fin day.
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Published On 9/15/2022
We saw the eagle!
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Published On 9/12/2022
Mystic, Mysterious and Magical
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Published On 9/10/2022
The best day we have had this summer.
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Published On 9/9/2022
It doesn't get any better than this!
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Published On 9/7/2022
Lovely stretch, no tricky spots, followed by Barski's for Marv's 86th
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Published On 9/6/2022
Only 3 lessons learned the hard way, and a magnificent lunch!
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Published On 9/5/2022
A bit of fall was in the air
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Published On 9/2/2022
No unplanned swims, one newbie, 4 solo canoe, 4 kayaks, 1 tandem canoe
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Published On 8/31/2022
Glorious paddle and Greek food afterwards!
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Published On 8/29/2022
Pigeon River SFCG to Webb Rd
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Published On 8/27/2022
Two newbies, nice easy short trip, except when it wasn't (and some excitement on the trip there)
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Published On 8/26/2022
The last one of the season, and we found a BUNCH of stuff!
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Published On 8/24/2022
Little Manistee 9 Mile to DNR weir
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Published On 8/23/2022
He arrived from France ten days ago, and now has become a real "Voyageur"
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Published On 8/23/2022
A pleasant day in East Bay with perfect paddling conditions.
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Published On 8/22/2022
An adventurous day going down a little-traveled river!
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Published On 8/21/2022
Pigeon River M68 to Mullett Lake
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Published On 8/19/2022
A river and a concert! They even checked the permits.
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Published On 8/17/2022
A perfect day!
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Published On 8/16/2022
John & Lois imparting river wisdom to Paul & Irene
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Published On 8/15/2022
Three newbies, and the least amount of trash on this stretch EVER! Did we mention that the weather was spectacular?
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Published On 8/11/2022
Pristine stretch and not a clean-up, BUT ...
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Published On 8/4/2022
Another glorious day!
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Published On 8/2/2022
It's surprising that we are still finding stuff
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Published On 7/31/2022
We teamed up with the Kalkaska Conservation District to clean the two sections above M-72.
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Published On 7/26/2022
It was a foreshortened trip but well organized and very successful.
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Published On 7/24/2022
Nine folks had a delightful, if slightly damp, day
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Published On 7/22/2022
Three Sturgeon Virgins, no mishaps (unless you count the trip leader)
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Published On 7/20/2022
Tricky day weather-wise but we did good.
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Published On 7/19/2022
One of the best cleanups EVER!
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Published On 7/18/2022
Return to the uppermost navigable part of a favorite river with lots of beaver dams and twists and turns.
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Published On 7/16/2022
We worked with several other groups to do this one.
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Published On 7/14/2022
Just four of us, but we got the job done!
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Published On 7/12/2022
Ron and Jackie offered this paddle on a stretch of the AuSable River which was new to all of us.
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Published On 7/10/2022
Gorgeous day, with old and new friends
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Published On 7/9/2022
A new venue for several folks, glass smooth conditions!
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Published On 7/9/2022
A fun day with only one obstruction and a fair amount of silliness.
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Published On 7/8/2022
The downtown section was very dirty today but we changed that.
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Published On 7/6/2022
Returning to the fold!
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Published On 7/4/2022
Scheck's to Brown Bridge Landing
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Published On 7/2/2022
Event-filled afternoon/evening including a peaceful paddle followed by a potluck at the host's home, passing on of the TAPC River Wisdom Award, and a celebration of the host's 60th birthday.
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Published On 6/30/2022
The river was amazingly clean; we've made a difference!
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Published On 6/27/2022
Short afternoon trip
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Published On 6/26/2022
Gorgeous day on our current favorite river.
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Published On 6/25/2022
A mighty group of four, with help from young ladies from Kingsley HS
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Published On 6/22/2022
Gorgeous day on the Jordan.
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Published On 6/21/2022
First day of summer - the air was hot, but the water nippy. No swim breaks, either planned or unplanned
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Published On 6/19/2022
Six hours was a bit longer than we had expected, but we had a great time. Some lessons learned.
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Published On 6/16/2022
A new river for 3 of the 7 registrants.
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Published On 6/14/2022
One newbie, who said, "This is my new favorite river!"
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Published On 6/10/2022
Not a lot of trash, but we did make a difference.
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Published On 6/9/2022
A change in leadership; terrific group!
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Published On 6/7/2022
This is June, not April!
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Published On 6/3/2022
A new river for two of the seven!
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Published On 5/30/2022
Memorial Day on our hometown river, with a double unplanned swim break, plus an amazing wildlife sighting
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Published On 5/29/2022
Surprisingly, not at all crowded on Sunday of a holiday weekend
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Published On 5/24/2022
An awesome group, plus a gift for the safety team
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Published On 5/21/2022
We worked together to do this project
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Published On 5/15/2022
612-72 a nice beginning
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Published On 5/13/2022
Just the 3 of us, on another record-breaking day
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Published On 5/8/2022
Report by our newest TAPC member
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Published On 5/6/2022
Just the two of us!
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Published On 4/23/2022
The first TAPC trip of 2022
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Published On 4/16/2022
We worked in a snow storm to do this one
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Published On 10/19/2021
A glorious day for our last Pine trip of the season!
We didn't want it to end.
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Published On 10/13/2021
Good to get outdoors, and make new friends
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Published On 10/10/2021
A grand time was had by all!
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Published On 10/9/2021
Into each life, a little rain must fall, but it didn't last
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Published On 10/7/2021
Gorgeous early fall day!
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Published On 10/1/2021
Six of us (including a member who joined yesterday) enjoyed what could be the last real "summer" day
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Published On 9/29/2021
Twelve for lunch, please
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Published On 9/28/2021
Even though they traveled through the city of Manistee on the way there...
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Published On 9/25/2021
A delightful afternoon!
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Published On 9/19/2021
This could be our last real summer trip of the year - who knows?
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Published On 9/17/2021
A glorious day on the South Branch!
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Published On 9/15/2021
A new member joined the TAPC this week, and was "baptized" on her first trip
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Published On 9/12/2021
We beat the rain, again! And no portages required.
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Published On 9/11/2021
Gerald and Sue planned this one for Pam's birthday paddle
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Published On 9/10/2021
Several newbies for this trip: us and the salmon
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Published On 9/8/2021
We found more than we had expected, and beat the rain!
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Published On 9/6/2021
Lots of twists and turns, plus a lesson learned the hard way
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Published On 9/4/2021
A change from our original plan, and only a little rain fell on us.
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Published On 9/2/2021
The last one this season, and only ONE bag!
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Published On 8/29/2021
More excitement than we had planned for; the river had gone from 220 CFS to 670 CFS, and the water level went up 1.5 feet.
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Published On 8/23/2021
A neat surprise at the Peterson access, and a sensational group!
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Published On 8/18/2021
Members came from the four corners of the world, and Michigan
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Published On 8/15/2021
Planned only two days beforehand, a great crew, with several lumberjack jobs.
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Published On 8/13/2021
The Pine was still at flood stage, so we changed the venue and got a great group!
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Published On 8/10/2021
Two long time paddlers hit the river again with neighbors L&J
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Published On 8/6/2021
We headed across the Mighty Mac to hit a famous river
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Published On 8/4/2021
A new place for some of us!
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Published On 7/31/2021
Another newbie report!
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Published On 7/26/2021
A new member finds a new river and new friends
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Published On 7/23/2021
One of the BEST cleanups ever!
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Published On 7/21/2021
Two newbies to kayaking report on their findings
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Published On 7/21/2021
5 docks are now out of the river.
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Published On 7/18/2021
Glad we went early.
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Published On 7/18/2021
A foray on the Pigeon River
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Published On 7/17/2021
We worked with the BCD to do two sections of the Upper Platte.
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Published On 7/14/2021
Kathleen came through with a magnificent limerick report!
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Published On 7/11/2021
A new venue on the Big Lake - the Manitou Islands seemed SO close!
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Published On 7/11/2021
Summary of a lovely outing: sunshine and fun!
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Published On 7/9/2021
We had a gorgeous day and we found more than we expected to but not much trash.
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Published On 7/9/2021
Five primary colors
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Published On 7/5/2021
Nobody else on the river for a holiday weekend!
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Published On 7/3/2021
A fun and somewhat challenging trip down a semi-obscure stream.
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Published On 7/1/2021
Five intrepid paddlers battle the mighty waters!
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Published On 6/30/2021
A few screw-ups, but a job well done! Written by a young lady who graduated from Wellesley this spring.
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Published On 6/28/2021
Pour it on! After several days of rain, sunshine prevailed, but we did have some new challenges.
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Published On 6/23/2021
We made the decision to turn back early.
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Published On 6/21/2021
Two newbies brave the chilly temps and trash of the Pine River
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Published On 6/18/2021
No longer a "Sturgeon Virgin", baptism complete!
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Published On 6/16/2021
Only 4 of us but we had a great time.
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Published On 6/16/2021
The weather and the river were gorgeous but we did find some major trash in this section unlike previous sections.
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Published On 6/14/2021
Fun day on the river and we did some good.
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Published On 6/14/2021
What a gorgeous day it was for us to clean up this short and very clean section of the Boardman
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Published On 6/13/2021
Usually we take out at Fred's landing, but the road down is iffy and it took only 45 minutes after Fred's to reach Homestead.
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Published On 6/12/2021
We joined the BCD for a fun and tiring day on the Betsie
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Published On 6/12/2021
We finally got to do this.
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Published On 6/11/2021
Nobody else was on the river!
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Published On 6/8/2021
First time for Brad, low water, but gorgeous as usual
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Published On 6/6/2021
Two teams of two, and surprises
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Published On 6/5/2021
Lots of thank you notes
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Published On 6/4/2021
We call it the Non-Cleanup because there's not much trash to find but we found quite a bit this time, thanks to our eagle eyed paddlers.
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Published On 6/2/2021
A stellar day with great wildlife sightings
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Published On 5/29/2021
Bright sunshine, and a new takeout location
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Published On 5/27/2021
Water level was kind of low, and so was the temperature
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Published On 5/25/2021
First time for Brad! A glorious day!
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Published On 5/22/2021
One new member, one missed turn, a few choice quotes
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Published On 5/20/2021
Worth the trip from downstate!
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Published On 5/18/2021
It's summertime, summertime, sum-sum-summertime!
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Published On 5/16/2021
Springtime on the Mason Tract
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Published On 5/15/2021
We worked with these newcomers to do a cleanup we couldn't do ourselves.
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Published On 5/13/2021
43rd anniversary paddle on a gorgeous spring day
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Published On 4/17/2021
Early spring with old friends
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Published On 4/17/2021
Today we did the biggest river and shoreline cleanup in the history of the club and 5 club members were there. We removed as much trash today as we do in 10 years of river cleanups.
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Published On 1/11/2021
A casual paddle through downtown on New Year's Day.
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Published On 10/10/2020
Amazing colors; lots of people on shoreline
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Published On 10/7/2020
Here's what goes into planning a trip like this
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Published On 10/3/2020
Fall colors, fast current, lesson learned
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Published On 9/27/2020
Fall colors and a speedy group
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Published On 9/25/2020
We couldn't figure out why anyone would have missed this glorious day on the river
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Published On 9/24/2020
A small crew tackles the trash on the Crystal River.
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Published On 9/23/2020
Fall colors galore for the "gang of four"!
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Published On 9/20/2020
Twelve paddlers explore the Muskegon from M-66 to Evart.
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Published On 9/20/2020
Carol joined the club at 7AM & on her first paddle at 2PM! What a joy to get to know her this afternoon!
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Published On 9/18/2020
A hint of fall, and lots of laughs. Brisk morning!
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Published On 9/14/2020
A bit of early fall color, and some lumberjack work
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Published On 9/11/2020
Autumn is on its way!
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Published On 9/7/2020
No crowds on Labor Day, no rain, cool temps and one unplanned swim break
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Published On 9/6/2020
3 newbies and good weather on the Upper Manistee
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Published On 9/4/2020
Sara's newest 5-mile hike & 8-mile paddle close to home
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Published On 8/31/2020
New Mexico members marvel at Michigan waters!
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Published On 8/29/2020
Welcome back to the Waltons!
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Published On 8/29/2020
Beautiful, Interesting and a little more excitement than expected or necessary
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Published On 8/27/2020
4 Vagabonds dodged the rain.
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Published On 8/25/2020
Jim Cooper's first paddle on the Pine
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Published On 8/22/2020
An exploratory trip on the upper Sturgeon from Bush Rd. to Wolverine.
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Published On 8/20/2020
A trip up and back on the little-traveled Pickerel Creek, a tributary of the upper Betsie River.
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Published On 8/19/2020
Final one of this season, with some amazing surprises!
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Published On 8/17/2020
Gorgeous day, and a few rocks. New lunch spot.
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Published On 8/16/2020
A terrific and enjoyable afternoon paddle on the Manistee River
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Published On 8/14/2020
Gorgeous day, with a swim break and wildlife
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Published On 8/12/2020
Beautiful weather and a relaxing paddle with friends
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Published On 8/8/2020
80th birthday bash, and a bit of rain - well maybe a lot of rain.
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Published On 8/6/2020
Our first Pine cleanup; we're coming back for more!
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Published On 8/3/2020
My wife thought it was easier than normal, even in the rain.
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Published On 8/2/2020
Sunday morning for the queens
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Published On 8/1/2020
Ocqueoc River from Millersburg to Ocqueoc Falls Campground
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Published On 7/31/2020
Crowded at the parking lot, but empty on the river!
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Published On 7/26/2020
A bigger group than on July 4, and nobody but us!
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Published On 7/25/2020
Bear Creek Brethren to Confluence of the Manistee
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Published On 7/24/2020
A photo essay
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Published On 7/21/2020
Two newbies on the Pine
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Published On 7/19/2020
Father M hosted a fine game
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Published On 7/18/2020
A gorgeous trip; new for some!
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Published On 7/16/2020
last minute girls-only paddle
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Published On 7/16/2020
Only two bagsful on a gorgeous afternoon! We are making a difference.
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Published On 7/14/2020
One guy and his harem!
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Published On 7/12/2020
Photo record of the oodles of obstacles It was both fun and gorgeous! And empty except for us.
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Published On 7/11/2020
Go early beat the crowds
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Published On 7/8/2020
Fast, but no problem for our group
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Published On 7/6/2020
Totally flat conditions and hardly any boat traffic
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Published On 7/5/2020
It was quiet for a while....
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Published On 7/4/2020
Solo trip - in early, out before the hoards
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Published On 7/3/2020
A great hidden treasure of a river
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Published On 7/2/2020
Bowman Bridge to Upper Branch
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Published On 6/30/2020
A good day to jump in!
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Published On 6/28/2020
Written by a Brazilian exchange student
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Published On 6/26/2020
River was running higher than normal, so much easier to avoid gravel and sand bars!
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Published On 6/24/2020
Clouds followed by sunshine, calm followed by waves followed by calm again
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Published On 6/20/2020
It's getting better all the time!
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Published On 6/18/2020
Seven of us cleaned from Peterson to Low Bridge
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Published On 6/17/2020
Wish Norm could have joined us since we enjoyed faster & deeper water than normal, great weather, many wildflowers & comraderie with friends.
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Published On 6/15/2020
Two newbies, 3 "swimmers", one big blue sky
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Published On 6/13/2020
A slightly new point of entry, and the return of the regulars!
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Published On 6/11/2020
It's done!
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Published On 6/11/2020
The BRCS event was done in stages over several separate days by people from the same housholds due to the Covid-19 epidemic.
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Published On 6/9/2020
Hot day, summer in the country. Just a bit of excitement
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Published On 6/7/2020
A great day for a paddle
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Published On 6/6/2020
Boardman Descended and Cleaned. New paddling innovation evaluated.
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Published On 6/4/2020
The most excitement occurred on the trip there!
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Published On 5/29/2020
An amazing Pine River limerick, with several verses
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Published On 5/22/2020
Water levels have dropped a bit
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Published On 5/20/2020
The change of venue was ideal
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Published On 5/15/2020
Started at Big Platte Lake and ended at Lake Michigan.
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Published On 5/13/2020
Trip hosts celebrated their 42nd anniversary.
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Published On 5/1/2020
First club trip of the season, with social distancing
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Published On 10/21/2019
Although our group was small we had a beautiful, quiet paddle.
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Published On 10/11/2019
Jacqui referred to the branches of the trees as being gift-wrapped!
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Published On 10/6/2019
Not quite peak fall colors, but glorious nevertheless.
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Published On 9/28/2019
Whoa ... what is that up ahead?!
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Published On 9/26/2019
Done! We paddled through a section of the Boardman that was previously blocked by dams!
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Published On 9/21/2019
This was probably the nicest day we have ever had for this event.
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Published On 9/21/2019
Whoever heard of an autumnal equinox paddle when the temp is 86 degrees?
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Published On 9/17/2019
Indian summer!
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Published On 9/14/2019
I bit windy but a very nice day for this next to the last cleanup of the year.
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Published On 9/10/2019
Sunshine, calm winds and great conversation
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Published On 9/7/2019
Perfect day on one of our favorite rivers.
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Published On 9/4/2019
Four intrepid souls brave the swamps of Interlochen!
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Published On 9/2/2019
Gorgeous river; nobody else around, except at the end - gross fishermen
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Published On 9/1/2019
Beaver dams galore, and serenity until lunchtime
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Published On 8/31/2019
We could not believe how clean the river and sandbar were.
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Published On 8/27/2019
Shortest club trip ever
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Published On 8/25/2019
A lot going on!
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Published On 8/22/2019
Lesson learned
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Published On 8/20/2019
Spectacular group for Pine cleanup #6 this year.
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Published On 8/17/2019
All local support for this one.
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Published On 8/16/2019
Impressions from a new member
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Published On 8/15/2019
Yummy lunch, and gorgeous river for the Texas visitor
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Published On 8/13/2019
Our first trip through the NEW river!
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Published On 8/10/2019
6 people, one newbie and one teenager
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Published On 8/8/2019
Three young people on their first Pine cleanup - a success!
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Published On 8/6/2019
A "new" experience for almost everyone
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Published On 8/4/2019
Pretty river, lovely weather and a few challenges. Great attitudes and a few mosquitoes (HAH!)
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Published On 8/3/2019
Glad we did this early in the day!
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Published On 8/3/2019
We cut this annual cleanup trip in half and it was still plenty long enough.
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Published On 8/1/2019
A small group, gorgeous weather and nobody around
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Published On 7/30/2019
Report done by the two college girls
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Published On 7/27/2019
We had been warned by another member that the river level had dropped and there would be three portages, but we were pleasantly surprised.
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Published On 7/25/2019
Only 5 of us there, but one of the nicest days on the Jordan we have ever had.
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Published On 7/23/2019
Quiet, pretty river
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Published On 7/21/2019
Stunning weather, perfect for occasional dips in the water.
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Published On 7/20/2019
Worst day on any river in 15 years. Yet - We still took out some trash.
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Published On 7/19/2019
No rain on this parade!
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Published On 7/14/2019
The prettiest section of the Pine is now pristine, thanks to amazing teamwork and eagle eyes.
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Published On 7/12/2019
It simply could not have been better!
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Published On 7/11/2019
We teamed up with several groups to continue this project.
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Published On 7/10/2019
a new place for a hiking team
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Published On 7/8/2019
The most amazing limerick trip report, with all true facts! A MUST read!
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Published On 7/7/2019
Lovely day on the big Manistee
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Published On 7/5/2019
A glorious day paddling through Traverse City
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Published On 7/3/2019
A gorgeous summer day, and a whole lot of trash
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Published On 7/1/2019
Written by a first time French kayaker
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Published On 6/29/2019
A bit of climbing, a few spiders, and a gorgeous stream on a holiday weekend (4 fishermen and us)
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Published On 6/27/2019
It's summertime, summertime, sum-sum-summertime!
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Published On 6/25/2019
Planned just for beginners, with gorgeous weather...and a surprise!
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Published On 6/22/2019
Lois and John lead a group of paddlers from Briar Patch to Walker Bridge.
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Published On 6/21/2019
challenging & fast, with bunny hops & big riffles, lots of fun at 260 cfs
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Published On 6/20/2019
Posted only two days in advance, lots of attendees
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Published On 6/18/2019
So glad we had several wonderful retrievers!
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Published On 6/16/2019
We beat the rain!
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Published On 6/11/2019
Home-based instruction
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Published On 6/8/2019
The biggest crowd ever on the Betsie.
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Published On 6/8/2019
love surfing the riffles
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Published On 6/6/2019
Finally, summer has arrived!!
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Published On 6/3/2019
Just the 3 of us on a very nice trip
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Published On 6/3/2019
Written in English, by an exchange student from France
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Published On 5/30/2019
13 Paddlers on the Jordan
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Published On 5/30/2019
Another perfect day on the Upper Platte. 24 people did two sections.
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Published On 5/25/2019
It rained like mad and then we had a perfect day for the 15th Annual BRCS
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Published On 5/23/2019
Written by a new member; we planned this trip just for her!
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Published On 5/17/2019
Gorgeous weather, amazing marsh marigolds, and a bit more excitement than we had planned
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Published On 5/12/2019
The river was cold, fast and pushy with a lot of downed trees, but no portages were needed.
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Published On 5/11/2019
Wild & fast paddle, 10 miles, Chase Bridge to Smith Bridge
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Published On 5/11/2019
We didn't have a large turnout but we got a lot done.
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Published On 5/5/2019
A lovely springtime journey, with summer in the air!
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Published On 4/30/2019
Checking out the Upper Platte ... now clear!
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Published On 4/24/2019
The best day of the week for our first up-north paddle of 2019
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Published On 4/8/2019
Beautiful spring day on the Boardman
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Published On 4/7/2019
Manistee River, sunshine & 65F, fast 2hr paddle
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Published On 10/26/2018
We worked to start the preparation of the new landing for future use.
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Published On 10/13/2018
AMAZING fall colors! Cool temps.
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Published On 10/9/2018
Fabulous fall colors! A bit challenging.
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Published On 10/8/2018
Quiet, peaceful paddle
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Published On 9/30/2018
Brisk fall paddle
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Published On 9/29/2018
Fall color extravaganza! And a brand new member!
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Published On 9/24/2018
Six experienced paddlers enjoying a stress-free morning on our hometown river.
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Published On 9/22/2018
A sparkling day! Finished by 2:15.
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Published On 9/22/2018
This was a memorable day on the Upper Manistee.
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Published On 9/19/2018
Last minute trip yields four hardy paddlers, and a bit of trash
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Published On 9/17/2018
a terrific way to begin the day!
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Published On 9/16/2018
Walker to Dobson Revisited
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Published On 9/15/2018
It couldn't be better!
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Published On 9/15/2018
What a gorgeous day for a leisurely float and low-impact cleanup. Only 6 of us signed up but more arrived for a fun day on the downtown Boardman.
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Published On 9/13/2018
Fabulous weather - worth the wait!
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Published On 9/11/2018
Only John, Lois and Harold on a spectacular day!
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Published On 9/8/2018
We teamed up again the the fly fishermen for a fun day on the S Br.
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Published On 9/6/2018
It turned out a bit differently than planned
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Published On 9/3/2018
Quick trip on our hometown river
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Published On 9/2/2018
Another Manistee beginner section
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Published On 9/2/2018
Sawing at the beginning, but not on the river itself. And a good lesson learned!
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Published On 8/28/2018
Two newbies on their first Pine cleanup!
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Published On 8/26/2018
A bit of lumberjack work, one stuck trip host, one wet dog and a lost & found shoe
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Published On 8/24/2018
No rain on our parade!
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Published On 8/22/2018
We teamed up with the Gladwin Conservation District and the Little Forks Conservancy to do this first time event.
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Published On 8/20/2018
Day of firsts
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Published On 8/18/2018
We teamed up with a small group of people from the SRS to do two sections of the Sturgeon.
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Published On 8/17/2018
Four women take on the mighty Boardman!
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Published On 8/15/2018
Higher than expected winds force relocation of today's paddle
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Published On 8/14/2018
A new experience for all!
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Published On 8/12/2018
Wind in our faces again
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Published On 8/12/2018
A happy team and almost nobody else around; two newcomers!
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Published On 8/11/2018
Great weather, great food and mostly great friends
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Published On 8/8/2018
A lot of trash plus some excitement
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Published On 8/7/2018
Our first trip there this season; the log jam is cleared, sort of
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Published On 8/4/2018
Great weather for a paddle on my favorite
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Published On 8/4/2018
It was a long and hot trip with some excitement and a lot of tubers.
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Published On 8/1/2018
Calm water, gorgeous scenery, where were all the novices who want to paddle?
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Published On 7/31/2018
Will you understand this? Matt spent the last year overseas.
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Published On 7/29/2018
Nine people
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Published On 7/28/2018
We teamed up with the Antrim Conservation District and Paddle Antrim to do this first ever multi-section cleanup.
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Published On 7/27/2018
July 27 - 1st Upper Manistee River Cleanup, Yellow Trees to CCC Bridge with KCD and BRCS
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Published On 7/25/2018
Another small but mighty group
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Published On 7/24/2018
Nice overcast day perfect for open water paddle
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Published On 7/23/2018
Luke wanted some excitement - he got it!
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Published On 7/22/2018
A nice little trip, with a tailwind on the former pond!
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Published On 7/20/2018
Gorgeous Day Paddling With Some Really Nice Kids.
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Published On 7/18/2018
Low water, gorgeous day, great group, and Gracie!
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Published On 7/15/2018
Two groups, one doing lumberjack work, and the other with a different kind of excitement
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Published On 7/14/2018
12 Attendants 7 Participants.
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Published On 7/13/2018
Five professional river pickers!
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Published On 7/11/2018
Two requirements to join this outing.
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Published On 7/9/2018
Traitor winds strike again
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Published On 7/9/2018
Trip report by an 8 year old, who just completed his first river cleanup; the kid was wonderful!
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Published On 7/7/2018
Lots of twists and turns, and a bit of lumberjack work. Big Max Rocks!
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Published On 7/6/2018
What a great day for a cleanup.
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Published On 7/4/2018
Four members cleaned the river on a beautiful summer day. No, the river wasn't crowded.
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Published On 7/2/2018
A good sized group on a gorgeous day!
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Published On 6/30/2018
Missed J&L's trip so hosted one of my own.
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Published On 6/29/2018
Hot day, cool river
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Published On 6/29/2018
A peaceful trip down a National Scenic River, with a few interesting twists and turns
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Published On 6/29/2018
Great fun with Jocelyn, Jack, Angie, John & Kent!!!
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Published On 6/25/2018
A gorgeous day, and kudos to the group for finding far more stuff than we thought was possible.
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Published On 6/24/2018
No rain on this parade!
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Published On 6/21/2018
Great company, lessons, wildlife, scenery
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Published On 6/20/2018
Boardman River Forks to BBL
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Published On 6/20/2018
No pics of some of our trip members, but some other interesting shots.
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Published On 6/17/2018
A great day with great friends on a beautiful and fun river
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Published On 6/15/2018
A surprising amount of stuff - old cans galore
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Published On 6/14/2018
There's so little trash on this 12 mile section of river that we call this the Non-Cleanup.
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Published On 6/12/2018
It just kept growing!
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Published On 6/11/2018
A great paddle on a beautiful day with some new faces
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Published On 6/11/2018
Gorgeous trip with two couples who've been friends forever
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Published On 6/10/2018
Small group, more wildlife than people; glorious early summer day
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Published On 6/9/2018
Lots of people from all walks of life came out on a rainy day to help do this project.
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Published On 6/6/2018
Just Cyndi and me, and sunshine makes three....
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Published On 6/3/2018
A crowded but beautiful day on the Jordan
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Published On 6/2/2018
We were the only paddlers on the river on a gorgeous day!
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Published On 6/1/2018
Local people showed up to help us do this cleanup. That's always a good thing.
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Published On 5/30/2018
It's always fun to take a newcomer on our hometown river!
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Published On 5/27/2018
We had the river to ourselves on a holiday weekend!
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Published On 5/27/2018
Hot day but great time with friends
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Published On 5/26/2018
It could not get much better than this day was.
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Published On 5/25/2018
Short and sweet!
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Published On 5/14/2018
Six Mile Lake
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Published On 5/13/2018
Favorite paddle on S Branch of AuSable, highest & fastest at 500 cfs
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Published On 5/13/2018
An easy river shows its mean streak
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Published On 5/12/2018
We did it again and it was fun.
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Published On 5/8/2018
83 degrees today - a great day to be on the water!
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Published On 5/7/2018
fast paddle in high water with group of 9
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Published On 4/26/2018
Reconnaissance, Sara, Jocelyn & Bob
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Published On 4/22/2018
We were skiing last week, and paddling today - that's northern Michigan weather for you!
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Published On 4/22/2018
Sunny skies, warm breeze, snow covered banks???
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Published On 11/26/2017
summary of our work this year
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Published On 11/1/2017
We planted 100 trees and made habitat for wildlife.
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Published On 10/21/2017
full summery day with friends
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Published On 10/20/2017
Lots of fun riffles, and gorgeous scenery
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Published On 10/20/2017
A primo autumn day for paddling
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Published On 10/19/2017
another gorgeous fall paddle
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Published On 10/18/2017
Wonderful Company, Phenomenal Weather
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Published On 10/15/2017
Fun meeting at the Ruby Tuesday in Traverse City
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Published On 10/12/2017
unplanned swim & great rescue team
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Published On 10/12/2017
This huge dock has bugged me for 2 years and we got it out of the Manistee.
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Published On 10/10/2017
Cool, crisp fall paddle with great friends
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Published On 10/9/2017
Fall colors galore!
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Published On 10/8/2017
Sunshine, glorious fall colors, new members!
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Published On 10/8/2017
High & fast on a lovely fall day
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Published On 10/5/2017
Another harem for John Heiam!
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Published On 10/3/2017
Perfect group & fall weather, and a little color along the ex-pond
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Published On 10/1/2017
Three Johns! Plus a "foreigner".
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Published On 10/1/2017
Eighteen miles!
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Published On 9/30/2017
Perfect fall weather for full day with friends!
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Published On 9/27/2017
a lovely solo trip!
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Published On 9/25/2017
Another sunshiny hot day, gorgeous scenery
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Published On 9/23/2017
Another hot one, with fall colors!
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Published On 9/22/2017
The hottest Autumnal Equinox ever!
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Published On 9/19/2017
Gorgeous late summer day!
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Published On 9/16/2017
There is no other place we would rather have been!
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Published On 9/16/2017
We spent another wonderful day on the Manistee River. No UMRA picnic but BK did fine.
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Published On 9/14/2017
It's not the most beautiful section of the Boardman but it may be the most used and abused.
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Published On 9/12/2017
A whole lot of solo canoes, plus one kayak. It was easier than I remembered.
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Published On 9/10/2017
Only 3 bags! We make a difference!
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Published On 9/9/2017
We teamed up with the great Anglers of the AuSable to do t his cleanup on a glorious day.
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Published On 9/5/2017
A pretty river, too bad it's not closer to home.
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Published On 9/3/2017
BOGO
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Published On 9/2/2017
Salmon season has begun! No portages, no sawing and no swims.
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Published On 8/31/2017
Fun times on the river, and it seemed easier than before
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Published On 8/29/2017
We lost track of the number of full cans of alcohol. Perhaps it went well with the canned peas?
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Published On 8/26/2017
One of our favorite weekend trips!
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Published On 8/24/2017
The first "taste" of fall?
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Published On 8/23/2017
We started this event for People from Jay's Sporting Goods of Clare s but they couldn't come this year.
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Published On 8/20/2017
All female team out to conquer the mighty waters of the Bay!
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Published On 8/19/2017
We teamed up with several other groups to clean 6 Rivers.
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Published On 8/19/2017
First -timer's story of the prettiest section of the Manistee; no portages!
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Published On 8/16/2017
We did it 6 weeks ago; where did all this stuff come from?
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Published On 8/14/2017
Another graduation present
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Published On 8/12/2017
Lots of paddling, a bit of route-finding, some lumberjack work, and several carry-overs
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Published On 8/10/2017
We got lunch and the trip in before the deluge!
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Published On 8/8/2017
A few waves, sunshine and a mystery submerged kayak
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Published On 8/6/2017
Gorgeous weather except for the last 20 minutes.
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Published On 8/5/2017
A slight change of plans, a missed turn (by Lois!), and a head collision
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Published On 8/3/2017
No rain; report written by two brand new river kayakers
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Published On 8/1/2017
Lots of great info and practice on what to do if you capsize on a lake
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Published On 7/31/2017
The Bay was like glass; everyone took a dip - on purpose
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Published On 7/24/2017
Six hardy souls, and only old stuff. Super clear water, great weather!
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Published On 7/22/2017
Cloudy but it didn't rain on our parade.
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Published On 7/20/2017
We teamed up with the Westminster Camp again this year for a really fun day.
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Published On 7/18/2017
A gorgeous day on the Pine, with a variety of ages participating
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Published On 7/16/2017
A smart move: to postpone the Pigeon trip originally planned for today
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Published On 7/11/2017
80 degree temps and the value of back paddling
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Published On 7/9/2017
Sunshine, great group, a little lumberjacking and a double eagle!
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Published On 7/7/2017
The BRCS received a grant from the GLC and NCF to do this Annual Cleanup again this year.
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Published On 7/5/2017
Everyone is contributing to this report
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Published On 7/3/2017
One portage, one unplanned swim break, one lumberjack project, and a bit of mud
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Published On 7/2/2017
Canoes only on this early morning paddle
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Published On 7/1/2017
Two more people learn the value of back paddling
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Published On 6/29/2017
Last minute Jordan trip
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Published On 6/27/2017
Seventeen pairs of eyes left no trash un-grabbed!
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Published On 6/24/2017
The river was really cranking. The high water was exciting, but limited our clean up.
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Published On 6/23/2017
Back in the Saddle again!
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Published On 6/22/2017
We braved the weather to have another wonderful day on the Jordan.
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Published On 6/19/2017
Learning the value of leaning downstream, and having car clothes
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Published On 6/19/2017
CCC to W. Sharon Bridge
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Published On 6/18/2017
The skies are going to clear up........🎶
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Published On 6/17/2017
Itty bitty stream beginning
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Published On 6/15/2017
Four club members braved the placid waters of Grand Traverse Bay
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Published On 6/15/2017
13 of us paddled the rain swollen N Br on this cool, gorgeous day. Nothing could be better than this one.
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Published On 6/13/2017
The largest crowd ever, and more jokes
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Published On 6/12/2017
A little rain (only while driving), a little fog, a lot of solitude, and a BEAR!
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Published On 6/11/2017
We partnered up with the Benzie Conservation District to do this fun cleanup.
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Published On 6/11/2017
Four ladies
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Published On 6/9/2017
Four of us worked to make the Beitner toilet a nicer place to pee.
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Published On 6/7/2017
A new access for the Manistee River!
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Published On 6/6/2017
Sunshine, lunch, camaraderie, wildlife, water bottle issues
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Published On 6/4/2017
Summer is here!
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Published On 6/3/2017
The BRCS holds its combined raffle with the GTCD and the KHS-ODAC for the 13th year.
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Published On 6/2/2017
The TAPC teamed up with the Benzie Conservation District again this year to do this multi-section project.
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Published On 6/2/2017
Water like glass
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Published On 6/1/2017
Once again, John & Lois were available to help spend other people's money
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Published On 5/31/2017
eagles sighted by Mike, Barb, Dean, Diane, Sara, Tracie, Linda & Glenn
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Published On 5/30/2017
high, fast, fun paddle, Jocelyn, Max & Sara
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Published On 5/29/2017
Few other paddlers except our group of 13; eagles, geese galore, ferry lessons, beat the rain, a bit of wind; Hodenpyl to Red Bridge
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Published On 5/27/2017
76 of us came to the BRCS. It was a perfect day and we found the river to be cleaner than ever before.
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Published On 5/23/2017
chased the rain away, riding riffles & admiring wildflowers
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Published On 5/19/2017
Cool, but wonderfully pleasant and sunny
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Published On 5/17/2017
Summertime in the middle of May!
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Published On 5/14/2017
paddle 10 miles from Woodpecker Creek to Red Bridge
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Published On 5/14/2017
Six old friends and two "new" ones
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Published On 5/13/2017
10 mile paddle followed by 9 mile hike back along Mason Tract
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Published On 5/13/2017
We took 4000 pounds of trash from the Commons and Creek in 2.5 hours.
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Published On 5/9/2017
Another hometown river adventure
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Published On 5/6/2017
The Sturgeon River Sweepers are up and running in Wolverine
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Published On 5/4/2017
sunshine & high water = warm & fast fun with friends
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Published On 5/4/2017
riding the rapids, no other "takers" this afternoon
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Published On 5/1/2017
First paddle on the Jordan with the tubes gone
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Published On 4/28/2017
Nine members enjoyed an afternoon on the river.
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Published On 4/25/2017
Double Tsunami
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Published On 4/25/2017
Reconnaissance paddle with Jocelyn
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Published On 4/22/2017
Earth Day = plant trees at Brown Bridge Quiet Area
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Published On 4/8/2017
Bob Fitch's 1st paddle of the season with 6 others, 65F at finish
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Published On 3/6/2017
Meeting and plans for this facility
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Published On 10/29/2016
golden tamaracks as fall colors draw to a close
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Published On 10/20/2016
We took another dock out of the river. This time it was the Upper Manistee. That makes 121.
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Published On 10/16/2016
Fall colors, balmy fog, blue heron & 2 newcomers
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Published On 10/16/2016
Good food, company and prizes!
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Published On 10/15/2016
Db your pleasure, db your fun, a full day hike & paddle with 9 friends
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Published On 10/11/2016
Fall fun with 2 BFF, 2nd Tuesday in a row!
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Published On 10/9/2016
Fall has arrived; cool temps but warm hearts
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Published On 10/6/2016
A nice day on a pretty stretch of the Manistee. Just a tinge of fall color
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Published On 10/4/2016
high, fast, turny, twisty fun in the sun for 3 BFF
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Published On 10/2/2016
cloudy & rain didn't dampen our spirits
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Published On 10/1/2016
warm sunshine & beginning of fall
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Published On 9/30/2016
Fall is slowly starting to show in the trees
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Published On 9/25/2016
Fall is upon us
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Published On 9/25/2016
We finally got a wonderful day to do this event after 6 years of doing it in the rain, wind, snow and sleet.
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Published On 9/18/2016
I get by with a little help from my friends!
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Published On 9/17/2016
We did it again with rain in the forecast.
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Published On 9/15/2016
Another beautiful run from Forks to BBL
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Published On 9/14/2016
Fishy Business
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Published On 9/12/2016
One Sturgeon Virgin and four River Rats seek the joys of our fastest river during a period of high water.
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Published On 9/10/2016
We teamed up with the AofA to paddle the S Branch.
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Published On 9/9/2016
Marlene saves the day (or at least mine)
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Published On 9/6/2016
The best cleanup with the BEST crew ever!
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Published On 9/4/2016
A new river, and new friends!
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Published On 9/3/2016
Only one unplanned swim break, and an elegant one at that!
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Published On 9/3/2016
Team work
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Published On 9/1/2016
A day at the Betsie Spa
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Published On 8/31/2016
The trip was a blast and we found lots of trash!!
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Published On 8/31/2016
Four Sturgeon Virgins!
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Published On 8/29/2016
Trash, glorious trash!
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Published On 8/28/2016
So glad we moved the trip from a rainy Saturday to a sunny Sunday!
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Published On 8/25/2016
We set this trip up just for Mike, and Mother Nature smiled on us.
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Published On 8/25/2016
We tried this river last year and we wanted to come back. It's gorgeous.
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Published On 8/22/2016
Good group, good current, sunny skies
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Published On 8/21/2016
Fund Raiser for the BRCS Sanitary Fund at the Rare Bird Brewery
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Published On 8/21/2016
TAPC 1
Neptune 0
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Published On 8/20/2016
The 6 River Sweep (6rs) was a mess this year but we got some of it done during the carnage on the Sturgeon and the small turnout on the Boyne and Pigeon.
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Published On 8/19/2016
The trip went well.
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Published On 8/19/2016
A quiet paddle on a gorgeous river, and we almost beat the rain
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Published On 8/17/2016
Gift cards, sunshine, another harem for John, and having the river to ourselves.
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Published On 8/14/2016
Lots of twists and turns
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Published On 8/10/2016
Three newbies, lots of stabbings, loaner boats galore!
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Published On 8/8/2016
High school graduation present!
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Published On 8/7/2016
New, old & infrequent
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Published On 8/4/2016
Girls just wanna have FUN!
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Published On 8/3/2016
Amazing all the things you notice when you're alone
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Published On 8/3/2016
A pleasant evening close to home
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Published On 8/2/2016
A warm beautiful summer day on the big lake.
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Published On 7/30/2016
Newbie tackles the "raging torrents" of the Upper Pine
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Published On 7/29/2016
Fun and twisty and fast!
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Published On 7/26/2016
Another fun cleanup and a beautiful day to be on the water!
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Published On 7/25/2016
Three Amigas strike again
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Published On 7/23/2016
We had to do something to get the fishing line off the Homestead to US31 section of the Betsie. The BRCS got a grant for this project.
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Published On 7/23/2016
John and his harem: seven old and new women!
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Published On 7/22/2016
Eleven Brave the Heat and Paddle the Boardman
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Published On 7/21/2016
The weather looked really bad but with the help of the DNR we dodged the bullet on this one.
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Published On 7/20/2016
Waves, sunshine, eagle, rescue practice, warm water, concert!
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Published On 7/18/2016
Three newcomers, ten dollars, sunglasses, a good Swiss Army knife. What more is needed?
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Published On 7/17/2016
Timing is Everything
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Published On 7/16/2016
Sunshine and fun!
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Published On 7/14/2016
a lot of old cans, and teamwork
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