Tiouhnioga and Seneca Rivers and Kendig Creek

The Tioughnioga Adventure

    On a beautiful Sunday morning, seven thrill seekers headed for a paddle on the Tioughnioga River.  After shuttling vehicles to the Cortland end of the trip, we headed for the launch site in Truxton.  The sky was blue with white fluffy clouds and the water was swift.  There were many calm water stretches connected with some exciting little rapids.  The air temperature was just right and at times there was a moderate breeze.  At the half way point, we stopped at a rocky shoal just beyond a small rapid for snacks and a chance to stretch our legs.  Then, back on the river.  The chirping birds and gurgling rapids were music to our ears.  Occasionally we had the opportunity to experience the wonderful essence of “agriculturalus odoriferous” (a scientific term).  In all, we traveled about 13.8 miles without a mishap.

    After packing up and gathering our vehicles, we headed to the village of Tully and a stop at the “Sweet Basil” Restaurant where we enjoyed our traditional after the paddle feast.  Although nobody dumped on the river, one of our member managed to dump his diet coke all over the table.  I wonder who that could have been?  The food was great and the atmosphere was very relaxing.  It was another fantastic day! 



Waterloo Seneca River & Kendig Creek

    Fifteen paddlers gathered extra early for an easy paddle on Seneca River and Kendig Creek on a sunny Sunday afternoon: Bob, Kim W., Eric, Kim B., Cindy and Rick, Patti, Charles, Jeff, Tish and Gene, Sue and Dan, Aneta and Robert. We hang out for a while before launching to make sure we keep to the schedule and had ample time to chat, use the bathrooms (yes, they were open!), and configure marine radios acquired by some club members as a result of the Whitney Point mishap. Equipped in four radios and plenty of good spirit we took off.

    It was an enjoyable paddle with moderate motorboat traffic and sightings of water fowl with fluffy younglings, a blue heron, and a tortoise. After we turned into Kendig Creek at marker 112, we meandered the secluded stream with only cows and a colt for company. The colt, or perhaps it was a miniature horse, seemed interested in our group and trotted along the shore for a better look. He belonged to a farm that emitted an unmistakable pungent smell of livestock. While it was pleasant to gaze at the fuzzy horse, the course required our attention at several blocked sections where passage had to be negotiated with thought and care. It was an obstacle course that required fine maneuvering. As it often happens to less experienced paddlers, the author of this report included, one new club member, unaware of the “do not grab branches” rule, capsized in one swift motion a full 180 degrees. Fortunately for him it was only 2 feet deep, and he quickly emerged unharmed but thoroughly soaked. Upon his first attempt to re-enter, he unknowingly perched his stern upon a rock, which caused him to capsize again by neatly folding sideways. Having done a 180 and a 90 within only minutes, he was thus considered properly admitted among our midst. Although his clothes were heavy with cold water, his spirit remained light.

    We turned around and tackled each obstacle in reverse. When we reached Seneca River, we split into three groups: two paddlers paddled back, six proceeded towards Seneca Lake, and the remaining seven took a short break by a bridge. All the while all members of the group were accounted for and a split was officially coordinated with help of the radios. We reunited shortly and concluded the trip. We covered about 7.5 miles.

    Nine hungry kayakers ended up in the Iron Skillet restaurant for dinner. Although no alcoholic beverages were served, a large and versatile buffet was available with very consolable desserts.

P.S. from Cindy - Happy Birthday to Tish Evans on Friday May 21.*****

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