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

Boatercross, Beers and Bands

The annual Cartecay Earth Day clean up was in full affect this year! While there were many festivities going on this past weekend, the festival was jumping!  It all started when people showed up for the race with very little advanced notice.  Everyone who showed up was expecting to have a great time and they did just that.   Scott Cox (10th place) was the happiest guy on the water with the smallest/slowest boat.  Sue Martin (the smallest and only girl) was just as excited to beat half the boys down.  With little to work with my son, Garrett, and some extra hands volunteered to stay out of the water and the race to lend a hand.  I couldn’t have asked for a better crew of helpers.
After the race we decided to just make a run for fun, and clean up at the same time.  Separate groups of boaters had already hit the lower sections of the river to clean it up.   While the race only lasted 24 minutes, the fun time was about 4 hours.  So with some much needed time on the water out of the way, we headed back to camp.
Upon our arrival at camp we noticed a good couple hundred people had met back there to help celebrate the  Earth day and the clean up.  With bands playing from noon till 2am, there was no shortage of fun.  Travis Collum cooked us up a huge BBQ and low country boil dinner so the kayakers had something to eat when they got back.  Rick Thompson set up an area next to his truck and some sand for the kids to play with trucks and other sand toys.  The River Scum Crew set up some beer pong tables and built a nice fire while Woody brought in some horses for the kids to ride on.  By night fall, the kids were worn out and it was time for bed.  The party had just begun!  The bands got better and the adult beverages flowed like the prohibition, and dancing was starting to take over the fields of the lower shop.  Corn hole, Frisbee tossing and beer pong was happening everywhere while just hanging out and talking kayaking was the best part, in my opinion.  After most people thought they had enough spirits for the night, or just super tired, all of the bands gathered around the campfire for some unbelievable picking and singing.  With instruments like the guitar, banjo, congas,cello and harmonicas this was not your normal jam session, this was magic!  As the camps where being broke down and the breakfast was cooking all anyone wanted to do was kayak again. Many first timers came with us and there were many people buying boats this week.  When talking to everyone after this event all I really heard from everyone was “WOW we need to do this once a month”. My goal is to try to make every event, this year, this awesome. That being said, look out for our next event coming in June.

Boatercross, Beers and Bands

The annual Cartecay Earth Day clean up was in full affect this year! While there were many festivities going on this past weekend, the festival was jumping!  It all started when people showed up for the race with very little advanced notice.  Everyone who showed up was expecting to have a great time and they did just that.   Scott Cox (10th place) was the happiest guy on the water with the smallest/slowest boat.  Sue Martin (the smallest and only girl) was just as excited to beat half the boys down.  With little to work with my son, Garrett, and some extra hands volunteered to stay out of the water and the race to lend a hand.  I couldn’t have asked for a better crew of helpers.
After the race we decided to just make a run for fun, and clean up at the same time.  Separate groups of boaters had already hit the lower sections of the river to clean it up.   While the race only lasted 24 minutes, the fun time was about 4 hours.  So with some much needed time on the water out of the way, we headed back to camp.
Upon our arrival at camp we noticed a good couple hundred people had met back there to help celebrate the  Earth day and the clean up.  With bands playing from noon till 2am, there was no shortage of fun.  Travis Collum cooked us up a huge BBQ and low country boil dinner so the kayakers had something to eat when they got back.  Rick Thompson set up an area next to his truck and some sand for the kids to play with trucks and other sand toys.  The River Scum Crew set up some beer pong tables and built a nice fire while Woody brought in some horses for the kids to ride on.  By night fall, the kids were worn out and it was time for bed.  The party had just begun!  The bands got better and the adult beverages flowed like the prohibition, and dancing was starting to take over the fields of the lower shop.  Corn hole, Frisbee tossing and beer pong was happening everywhere while just hanging out and talking kayaking was the best part, in my opinion.  After most people thought they had enough spirits for the night, or just super tired, all of the bands gathered around the campfire for some unbelievable picking and singing.  With instruments like the guitar, banjo, congas,cello and harmonicas this was not your normal jam session, this was magic!  As the camps where being broke down and the breakfast was cooking all anyone wanted to do was kayak again. Many first timers came with us and there were many people buying boats this week.  When talking to everyone after this event all I really heard from everyone was “WOW we need to do this once a month”. My goal is to try to make every event, this year, this awesome. That being said, look out for our next event coming in June.

Boatercross, Beers and Bands

The annual Cartecay Earth Day clean up was in full affect this year! While there were many festivities going on this past weekend, the festival was jumping!  It all started when people showed up for the race with very little advanced notice.  Everyone who showed up was expecting to have a great time and they did just that.   Scott Cox (10th place) was the happiest guy on the water with the smallest/slowest boat.  Sue Martin (the smallest and only girl) was just as excited to beat half the boys down.  With little to work with my son, Garrett, and some extra hands volunteered to stay out of the water and the race to lend a hand.  I couldn’t have asked for a better crew of helpers.
After the race we decided to just make a run for fun, and clean up at the same time.  Separate groups of boaters had already hit the lower sections of the river to clean it up.   While the race only lasted 24 minutes, the fun time was about 4 hours.  So with some much needed time on the water out of the way, we headed back to camp.
Upon our arrival at camp we noticed a good couple hundred people had met back there to help celebrate the  Earth day and the clean up.  With bands playing from noon till 2am, there was no shortage of fun.  Travis Collum cooked us up a huge BBQ and low country boil dinner so the kayakers had something to eat when they got back.  Rick Thompson set up an area next to his truck and some sand for the kids to play with trucks and other sand toys.  The River Scum Crew set up some beer pong tables and built a nice fire while Woody brought in some horses for the kids to ride on.  By night fall, the kids were worn out and it was time for bed.  The party had just begun!  The bands got better and the adult beverages flowed like the prohibition, and dancing was starting to take over the fields of the lower shop.  Corn hole, Frisbee tossing and beer pong was happening everywhere while just hanging out and talking kayaking was the best part, in my opinion.  After most people thought they had enough spirits for the night, or just super tired, all of the bands gathered around the campfire for some unbelievable picking and singing.  With instruments like the guitar, banjo, congas,cello and harmonicas this was not your normal jam session, this was magic!  As the camps where being broke down and the breakfast was cooking all anyone wanted to do was kayak again. Many first timers came with us and there were many people buying boats this week.  When talking to everyone after this event all I really heard from everyone was “WOW we need to do this once a month”. My goal is to try to make every event, this year, this awesome. That being said, look out for our next event coming in June.
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