railtramp.RemoveThis@aol.com (Blakely LaCroix) typed:
> [snip Myron stuff]
> So question for the group:
> If you had one last trip what would it be? The reasons for last don't
> matter - it could be anything from dying to being locked up in jail for
> violating the Patriot Act, or selling ImClone stock.
Well, first off, it couldn't possibly be for selling ImClone stock.
Nor for any other kind of market manipulation or tax evasion -- but
that's just my middle-class values talkin'.
OK, assuming good health and physical fitness, and no particular time
constraints, I'd go Washington to Washington; ocean to ocean.
I'd get a long, lightweight Bell or Winona canoe, a set of portage
wheels, and a folding bicycle, and rig a hitch to trail the wheeled
canoe behind the bike. I'd replace my two-man tent with a one-man
backpacker's tent, but also devise a stakeless lean-to system using
the boat and paddles (for awkward non-campsites). I'd replace my down
sleeping bags with a Hollofil bag. I've got a couple of big drybags
with packstraps and hipbelts, in which I'd pack my clothing and food,
and I'd buy at least two new Whisperlite stoves and at least two
backup Thermarests. I've got a ****load of polypro and down clothing,
and lotsa good summer wetware from that flyfishing-gear company, but
I'd probably want to start the trip with a brand new Goretex drysuit.
I'd leave Fletcher's Boat House on the tidal Potomac inside
Washington, DC city limits and paddle* up the Potomac to the North
Branch of the Potomac River, up the NB Potomac to the Savage River, up
the Savage and the Savage Reservoir to where there is a five- to
seven-mile portage (pulling the boat on the portage wheels along a
two-lane asphault road) across the Eastern Continental Divide to the
South Fork of the Casselman River.
I'd paddle* down the Casselman to the Youghiogheny, down the Yough to
the Monongahela, down the Monongahela to the Ohio, and down the Ohio
to the Mississippi.
I'd paddle* up the Mississippi to the Missouri, up the Missouri to the
Madison, and up the Madison to Hebgen Lake, where it is about a ten
mile portage (by road) across the Continental Divide to Henry's Lake.
(I'd expect to use the bicycle/wheeled-boat system to get around some
of the dams and/or dewatered stretches of the Missouri).
I'd paddle* down the Henry's Fork to the Snake River, Down the Snake
to the Columbia, and Down the Columbia to Astoria, OR on the Columbia
estuary, being sure to spend at least one night on the WA side in the
Ideally I'd leave DC on January 1 of a mild winter and not be frozen
off the water before I hit the Mississippi in mid-spring. Getting up
the Mississippi at spring flood would be tough. Getting up the
Madison in late summer might be impossible. But I'd want to get
through Hell's Canyon and out of Idaho before the second Winter sets
in. A secondary goal would be to finish within one calendar year, but
if I had to weather over somewhere (er, ah... actually I'd let the
gear weather over while I flew to Tucson or San Diego!) I'd still call
it a success.
* and portage where necessary.
-Richard, His Kanubic Travesty
Richard Hopley Winston-Salem, NC, USA
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