Weekend Getaway By Lyle Morris

Weekend Getaway

At the end of every week, I load my kayak onto my truck and hit the road. I anxiously make the short, one-hour drive to my favorite “weekend getaway.” This special place is an oasis of the simpler things, in a world which seems to revolve around money and jobs. This stretch of serene whitewater starts high in the Blue Ridge Mountains, and ends up flowing through beautiful Ellijay, Georgia. This river is known as “The Cartecay.” It holds a special place in my heart. It is where my best friends and I met, and where we set up camp for our weekends of whitewater kayaking. We set up our tents and hammocks in a small clearing by the river, which radiates with good vibes. Like hobbits in The Shire, we make ourselves at home. A thick shield of hardwoods and underbrush serve as a barrier between the outside world and us. The cool, clear water of the river flows endlessly through the tranquil setting. It, along with the fire which blazes, eases the mind. This beautiful place allows me to forget about the troubles of routine life. There is no judgment here. There is only acceptance. Here, I am safe in Mother Nature’s arms.

The river features several whitewater rapids just upstream from our campsite. Slick, moss-covered boulders resting in the path of the flowing water have created challenging, but safe class II+ rapids. As the water nears these large rocks it picks up speed, while being funneled to the path of least resistance. The roaring whitewater rushing over the boulders creates a scene of organized chaos. This is where the raw power and freedom of nature can be experienced first-hand. These rapids are where many people fall in love with the sport of kayaking. Watching people conquer their fears and paddle through these hidden gems is amazing. With both hands thrust toward the sky, they often let out a barbaric yelp of victory. The passion pulsating through their body at that moment is what keeps them coming back.

The rapids and camping at the Cartecay are outstanding, but the people are what really make it so special. This group of twenty or so misfits was complete strangers to me just a year ago. Today, they are closer than family. Our bond is unbreakable. We are all from different walks of life, but somehow we mesh seamlessly. When we are together at the Cartecay, the problems of the routine world escape me. I walk around as if a weight has been lifted off of my shoulders. I am truly happy.

Most humans desire something to help them escape the stresses and monotony of routine life. Luckily, I have found a place only a short drive away which caters to my every need. The Cartecay has given me far more than I could have ever expected. It provides a campground which is a perfect spot for my group of friends to relax after a fun day on the river. The very act of spending time in nature is relaxing and good for the soul. The lessons to be learned at such a place are endless. Every return trip is an adventure in progress. I will forever cherish the Cartecay River.

Written By Lyle Morris

Weekend Getaway By Lyle Morris

Weekend Getaway

At the end of every week, I load my kayak onto my truck and hit the road. I anxiously make the short, one-hour drive to my favorite “weekend getaway.” This special place is an oasis of the simpler things, in a world which seems to revolve around money and jobs. This stretch of serene whitewater starts high in the Blue Ridge Mountains, and ends up flowing through beautiful Ellijay, Georgia. This river is known as “The Cartecay.” It holds a special place in my heart. It is where my best friends and I met, and where we set up camp for our weekends of whitewater kayaking. We set up our tents and hammocks in a small clearing by the river, which radiates with good vibes. Like hobbits in The Shire, we make ourselves at home. A thick shield of hardwoods and underbrush serve as a barrier between the outside world and us. The cool, clear water of the river flows endlessly through the tranquil setting. It, along with the fire which blazes, eases the mind. This beautiful place allows me to forget about the troubles of routine life. There is no judgment here. There is only acceptance. Here, I am safe in Mother Nature’s arms.

The river features several whitewater rapids just upstream from our campsite. Slick, moss-covered boulders resting in the path of the flowing water have created challenging, but safe class II+ rapids. As the water nears these large rocks it picks up speed, while being funneled to the path of least resistance. The roaring whitewater rushing over the boulders creates a scene of organized chaos. This is where the raw power and freedom of nature can be experienced first-hand. These rapids are where many people fall in love with the sport of kayaking. Watching people conquer their fears and paddle through these hidden gems is amazing. With both hands thrust toward the sky, they often let out a barbaric yelp of victory. The passion pulsating through their body at that moment is what keeps them coming back.

The rapids and camping at the Cartecay are outstanding, but the people are what really make it so special. This group of twenty or so misfits was complete strangers to me just a year ago. Today, they are closer than family. Our bond is unbreakable. We are all from different walks of life, but somehow we mesh seamlessly. When we are together at the Cartecay, the problems of the routine world escape me. I walk around as if a weight has been lifted off of my shoulders. I am truly happy.

Most humans desire something to help them escape the stresses and monotony of routine life. Luckily, I have found a place only a short drive away which caters to my every need. The Cartecay has given me far more than I could have ever expected. It provides a campground which is a perfect spot for my group of friends to relax after a fun day on the river. The very act of spending time in nature is relaxing and good for the soul. The lessons to be learned at such a place are endless. Every return trip is an adventure in progress. I will forever cherish the Cartecay River.

Written By Lyle Morris

Weekend Getaway By Lyle Morris

Weekend Getaway

At the end of every week, I load my kayak onto my truck and hit the road. I anxiously make the short, one-hour drive to my favorite “weekend getaway.” This special place is an oasis of the simpler things, in a world which seems to revolve around money and jobs. This stretch of serene whitewater starts high in the Blue Ridge Mountains, and ends up flowing through beautiful Ellijay, Georgia. This river is known as “The Cartecay.” It holds a special place in my heart. It is where my best friends and I met, and where we set up camp for our weekends of whitewater kayaking. We set up our tents and hammocks in a small clearing by the river, which radiates with good vibes. Like hobbits in The Shire, we make ourselves at home. A thick shield of hardwoods and underbrush serve as a barrier between the outside world and us. The cool, clear water of the river flows endlessly through the tranquil setting. It, along with the fire which blazes, eases the mind. This beautiful place allows me to forget about the troubles of routine life. There is no judgment here. There is only acceptance. Here, I am safe in Mother Nature’s arms.

The river features several whitewater rapids just upstream from our campsite. Slick, moss-covered boulders resting in the path of the flowing water have created challenging, but safe class II+ rapids. As the water nears these large rocks it picks up speed, while being funneled to the path of least resistance. The roaring whitewater rushing over the boulders creates a scene of organized chaos. This is where the raw power and freedom of nature can be experienced first-hand. These rapids are where many people fall in love with the sport of kayaking. Watching people conquer their fears and paddle through these hidden gems is amazing. With both hands thrust toward the sky, they often let out a barbaric yelp of victory. The passion pulsating through their body at that moment is what keeps them coming back.

The rapids and camping at the Cartecay are outstanding, but the people are what really make it so special. This group of twenty or so misfits was complete strangers to me just a year ago. Today, they are closer than family. Our bond is unbreakable. We are all from different walks of life, but somehow we mesh seamlessly. When we are together at the Cartecay, the problems of the routine world escape me. I walk around as if a weight has been lifted off of my shoulders. I am truly happy.

Most humans desire something to help them escape the stresses and monotony of routine life. Luckily, I have found a place only a short drive away which caters to my every need. The Cartecay has given me far more than I could have ever expected. It provides a campground which is a perfect spot for my group of friends to relax after a fun day on the river. The very act of spending time in nature is relaxing and good for the soul. The lessons to be learned at such a place are endless. Every return trip is an adventure in progress. I will forever cherish the Cartecay River.

Written By Lyle Morris

Cartecay River – Lower Lower – DNR to Cartecay River Experience

It was a perfect summer Saturday with the sun shining bright. Super excited about our day on the river Jackson (3) and myself started our trip with our fun tradition of #Madlocking (selfie post to Facebook of all river goers in the vehicle adding hand expressions and goofy smiles. I am sure it has been done before but my buddy  Nathan Madlock gave it a Hashtag for a place in history.

I am posting the overused Brown Claw. I asked Jackson what he was doing and he said “ its a rain cloud Daddy” . Brilliant.

We arrived at the river around 1pm and Jackson was ready to hit the water.

Our paddling partners William and Chris arrived on time. We anxiously set shuttle and got started down the river.

The water level was low. It was perfect for the boys to enjoy some river exploration in the shallows.

They searched for crawfish and minnows up and down the shoreline finding several giggling with delight.

Skipping rocks is a MUST!  you have to try at least once.  I think they tried at least 100.

Once we started down the river again I was really surprised that it had so much fun to offer at such a low level. There is a lot of gradient that still made for some exciting rapids.

The boys had huge smiles on their faces the entire trip. The rapids were gentle and friendly for the youngsters. Jackson looked forward to each one as we approached them and announced “ another rapid Daddy” as we approached the faster sections.

Chris rocked his sit on top the entire trip and didn’t have a single spill.

William was good company and I enjoyed seeing another father son team sharing an unforgettable adventure.

I don’t have to tell you how much fun Jackson was having.

William didn’t stop smiling either. He was flawless in his open canoe.

one of the highlights of the trip was meeting this guy. Jackson has spotted several turtles on our paddle trips.

Surprisingly this was the first one not in a hurry to get away from us.

Nothing beats a hands on experience.

Peek a boo

Another “ Best Day Ever”

Thanks William Gatling for inviting us along……..SYOTR  very sooner  - Lower Lower – DNR to Cartecay River Experience

Written by Rick Thompson

Cartecay River – Lower Lower – DNR to Cartecay River Experience

It was a perfect summer Saturday with the sun shining bright. Super excited about our day on the river Jackson (3) and myself started our trip with our fun tradition of #Madlocking (selfie post to Facebook of all river goers in the vehicle adding hand expressions and goofy smiles. I am sure it has been done before but my buddy  Nathan Madlock gave it a Hashtag for a place in history.

I am posting the overused Brown Claw. I asked Jackson what he was doing and he said “ its a rain cloud Daddy” . Brilliant.

We arrived at the river around 1pm and Jackson was ready to hit the water.

Our paddling partners William and Chris arrived on time. We anxiously set shuttle and got started down the river.

The water level was low. It was perfect for the boys to enjoy some river exploration in the shallows.

They searched for crawfish and minnows up and down the shoreline finding several giggling with delight.

Skipping rocks is a MUST!  you have to try at least once.  I think they tried at least 100.

Once we started down the river again I was really surprised that it had so much fun to offer at such a low level. There is a lot of gradient that still made for some exciting rapids.

The boys had huge smiles on their faces the entire trip. The rapids were gentle and friendly for the youngsters. Jackson looked forward to each one as we approached them and announced “ another rapid Daddy” as we approached the faster sections.

Chris rocked his sit on top the entire trip and didn’t have a single spill.

William was good company and I enjoyed seeing another father son team sharing an unforgettable adventure.

I don’t have to tell you how much fun Jackson was having.

William didn’t stop smiling either. He was flawless in his open canoe.

one of the highlights of the trip was meeting this guy. Jackson has spotted several turtles on our paddle trips.

Surprisingly this was the first one not in a hurry to get away from us.

Nothing beats a hands on experience.

Peek a boo

Another “ Best Day Ever”

Thanks William Gatling for inviting us along……..SYOTR  very sooner  - Lower Lower – DNR to Cartecay River Experience

Written by Rick Thompson

Cartecay River – Lower Lower – DNR to Cartecay River Experience

It was a perfect summer Saturday with the sun shining bright. Super excited about our day on the river Jackson (3) and myself started our trip with our fun tradition of #Madlocking (selfie post to Facebook of all river goers in the vehicle adding hand expressions and goofy smiles. I am sure it has been done before but my buddy  Nathan Madlock gave it a Hashtag for a place in history.

I am posting the overused Brown Claw. I asked Jackson what he was doing and he said “ its a rain cloud Daddy” . Brilliant.

We arrived at the river around 1pm and Jackson was ready to hit the water.

Our paddling partners William and Chris arrived on time. We anxiously set shuttle and got started down the river.

The water level was low. It was perfect for the boys to enjoy some river exploration in the shallows.

They searched for crawfish and minnows up and down the shoreline finding several giggling with delight.

Skipping rocks is a MUST!  you have to try at least once.  I think they tried at least 100.

Once we started down the river again I was really surprised that it had so much fun to offer at such a low level. There is a lot of gradient that still made for some exciting rapids.

The boys had huge smiles on their faces the entire trip. The rapids were gentle and friendly for the youngsters. Jackson looked forward to each one as we approached them and announced “ another rapid Daddy” as we approached the faster sections.

Chris rocked his sit on top the entire trip and didn’t have a single spill.

William was good company and I enjoyed seeing another father son team sharing an unforgettable adventure.

I don’t have to tell you how much fun Jackson was having.

William didn’t stop smiling either. He was flawless in his open canoe.

one of the highlights of the trip was meeting this guy. Jackson has spotted several turtles on our paddle trips.

Surprisingly this was the first one not in a hurry to get away from us.

Nothing beats a hands on experience.

Peek a boo

Another “ Best Day Ever”

Thanks William Gatling for inviting us along……..SYOTR  very sooner  - Lower Lower – DNR to Cartecay River Experience

Written by Rick Thompson

Cartecay River – Lower Lower – DNR to Cartecay River Experience

It was a perfect summer Saturday with the sun shining bright. Super excited about our day on the river Jackson (3) and myself started our trip with our fun tradition of #Madlocking (selfie post to Facebook of all river goers in the vehicle adding hand expressions and goofy smiles. I am sure it has been done before but my buddy  Nathan Madlock gave it a Hashtag for a place in history.

I am posting the overused Brown Claw. I asked Jackson what he was doing and he said “ its a rain cloud Daddy” . Brilliant.

We arrived at the river around 1pm and Jackson was ready to hit the water.

Our paddling partners William and Chris arrived on time. We anxiously set shuttle and got started down the river.

The water level was low. It was perfect for the boys to enjoy some river exploration in the shallows.

They searched for crawfish and minnows up and down the shoreline finding several giggling with delight.

Skipping rocks is a MUST!  you have to try at least once.  I think they tried at least 100.

Once we started down the river again I was really surprised that it had so much fun to offer at such a low level. There is a lot of gradient that still made for some exciting rapids.

The boys had huge smiles on their faces the entire trip. The rapids were gentle and friendly for the youngsters. Jackson looked forward to each one as we approached them and announced “ another rapid Daddy” as we approached the faster sections.

Chris rocked his sit on top the entire trip and didn’t have a single spill.

William was good company and I enjoyed seeing another father son team sharing an unforgettable adventure.

I don’t have to tell you how much fun Jackson was having.

William didn’t stop smiling either. He was flawless in his open canoe.

one of the highlights of the trip was meeting this guy. Jackson has spotted several turtles on our paddle trips.

Surprisingly this was the first one not in a hurry to get away from us.

Nothing beats a hands on experience.

Peek a boo

Another “ Best Day Ever”

Thanks William Gatling for inviting us along……..SYOTR  very sooner  - Lower Lower – DNR to Cartecay River Experience

Written by Rick Thompson

Cartecay River – Lower Lower – DNR to Cartecay River Experience

It was a perfect summer Saturday with the sun shining bright. Super excited about our day on the river Jackson (3) and myself started our trip with our fun tradition of #Madlocking (selfie post to Facebook of all river goers in the vehicle adding hand expressions and goofy smiles. I am sure it has been done before but my buddy  Nathan Madlock gave it a Hashtag for a place in history.

I am posting the overused Brown Claw. I asked Jackson what he was doing and he said “ its a rain cloud Daddy” . Brilliant.

We arrived at the river around 1pm and Jackson was ready to hit the water.

Our paddling partners William and Chris arrived on time. We anxiously set shuttle and got started down the river.

The water level was low. It was perfect for the boys to enjoy some river exploration in the shallows.

They searched for crawfish and minnows up and down the shoreline finding several giggling with delight.

Skipping rocks is a MUST!  you have to try at least once.  I think they tried at least 100.

Once we started down the river again I was really surprised that it had so much fun to offer at such a low level. There is a lot of gradient that still made for some exciting rapids.

The boys had huge smiles on their faces the entire trip. The rapids were gentle and friendly for the youngsters. Jackson looked forward to each one as we approached them and announced “ another rapid Daddy” as we approached the faster sections.

Chris rocked his sit on top the entire trip and didn’t have a single spill.

William was good company and I enjoyed seeing another father son team sharing an unforgettable adventure.

I don’t have to tell you how much fun Jackson was having.

William didn’t stop smiling either. He was flawless in his open canoe.

one of the highlights of the trip was meeting this guy. Jackson has spotted several turtles on our paddle trips.

Surprisingly this was the first one not in a hurry to get away from us.

Nothing beats a hands on experience.

Peek a boo

Another “ Best Day Ever”

Thanks William Gatling for inviting us along……..SYOTR  very sooner  - Lower Lower – DNR to Cartecay River Experience

Written by Rick Thompson

Visiting The NOC and Ocoee

The plan was to meet at the Nantahala put-in at 10:00, and then after we do a run I was going to compete in the NOC canoe club challenge. My dad and I arrived a little bit early, so we decided to stay down at the NOC hole for the day. We ended up seeing Sage Donnelly, Corey Sheenan, and a few other friends. At 12:00 the race had begun. With a few flips and some missed gates, I wasn’t very thrilled with my two runs down the advanced course. While we waited for the results, we messed around in the NOC hole. We hadn’t been in our play-boats for a while, so we were feeling kind of shaky.  My dad and I got in some cartwheels and loops before deciding we should get out to find the rest of our crew. Soon after we got out of our boats, they pulled up to the take out. They told us all about Hailey’s combat roll at pyramid rock, and Dacey’s first time running the falls without flipping. After grabbing some food at Big Wesser BBQ, they went up for a couple of laps on the upper. We stayed back to get the results for the race. I ended up getting first place!!! It was my second slalom race that I had ever done. I also got first place in my first slalom race. I was super exited. We at a late dinner at Rivers End around 8:00. By the time we were finished, it was about 9:00. We walked outside to find that the river was still running! I sat by the river playing with my miniature kayak that I made, while my dad went to get the keys to our room. When he got back the water was higher than normal flow. It was brown like the Cascades, and we saw a few sticks and logs floating down the river. It was getting late so we decided to head up to the bunkhouses. After a few minutes of lying there in the heat, I finally fell asleep.

The next morning we went down to Rivers End for some breakfast. We watched the water rise, then we started our drive to Ocoee. We were supposed to meet up with Joe Grudger at noon for a class. We got there early, again, so we took a nap. Joe came knocking on our window at 12:00. We loaded up the boats on his truck, and headed up to the put-in. Joe showed us a few new lines down Grumpy’s, but dad wasn’t feeling to great in his Wavesport Recon 93. We both demoed some Jackson Karmas the weekend before and we loved them. We ended up deciding that we were just going to have a fun day on the Ocoee instead of doing attainments and crazy moves since dad wasn’t feeling it. But overall it was an awesome weekend. I cant wait for the world kayak Proams this weekend!

Written by Garrett Madlock

Visiting The NOC and Ocoee

The plan was to meet at the Nantahala put-in at 10:00, and then after we do a run I was going to compete in the NOC canoe club challenge. My dad and I arrived a little bit early, so we decided to stay down at the NOC hole for the day. We ended up seeing Sage Donnelly, Corey Sheenan, and a few other friends. At 12:00 the race had begun. With a few flips and some missed gates, I wasn’t very thrilled with my two runs down the advanced course. While we waited for the results, we messed around in the NOC hole. We hadn’t been in our play-boats for a while, so we were feeling kind of shaky.  My dad and I got in some cartwheels and loops before deciding we should get out to find the rest of our crew. Soon after we got out of our boats, they pulled up to the take out. They told us all about Hailey’s combat roll at pyramid rock, and Dacey’s first time running the falls without flipping. After grabbing some food at Big Wesser BBQ, they went up for a couple of laps on the upper. We stayed back to get the results for the race. I ended up getting first place!!! It was my second slalom race that I had ever done. I also got first place in my first slalom race. I was super exited. We at a late dinner at Rivers End around 8:00. By the time we were finished, it was about 9:00. We walked outside to find that the river was still running! I sat by the river playing with my miniature kayak that I made, while my dad went to get the keys to our room. When he got back the water was higher than normal flow. It was brown like the Cascades, and we saw a few sticks and logs floating down the river. It was getting late so we decided to head up to the bunkhouses. After a few minutes of lying there in the heat, I finally fell asleep.

The next morning we went down to Rivers End for some breakfast. We watched the water rise, then we started our drive to Ocoee. We were supposed to meet up with Joe Grudger at noon for a class. We got there early, again, so we took a nap. Joe came knocking on our window at 12:00. We loaded up the boats on his truck, and headed up to the put-in. Joe showed us a few new lines down Grumpy’s, but dad wasn’t feeling to great in his Wavesport Recon 93. We both demoed some Jackson Karmas the weekend before and we loved them. We ended up deciding that we were just going to have a fun day on the Ocoee instead of doing attainments and crazy moves since dad wasn’t feeling it. But overall it was an awesome weekend. I cant wait for the world kayak Proams this weekend!

Written by Garrett Madlock

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