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The day before the winter solstice, the poor Paddlers were forced to endure a day on the Upper Guadalupe during which the temperature only reached the high 70's. The chosen route was again from Zoeller Lane to the Sisterdale crossing. The river flow for the thirteen kayakers was 57 cfs, enough to make it down the river without too much scraping.
Sandra and Susan await the return of the shuttlers (is that a word?).
Bing and Mike leading the pack.
Coming around the bend are Joline, ...
... and Claire and Nancy.
The scenery was wonderful, as usual.
After stopping for lunch at the usual location, the paddlers gather for a group photo (sans Bing and Henry) by their favorite log. But first Joline has an old score to settle with Mike Smith, using a quick kick to his ... ahh ... knee.
Joline applauds as Mike is somehow able to smile through the pain. I'm not sure what the history is here, but click on this older post of our July 19, 2008, trip on the San Marcos River to witness another disturbing scene. Look for the photo about half way down that old post, immediately before the "Cottonseed Rapids" section.
A fallen warrior.
Ferns along one of the banks.
Mike takes the more difficult route, staying river left of Nancy Rock (see the December 6 post), and comes through with flying colors.
Note someone walking the rapid in the back- ground.
Who me, Miguel?
Joline maneuvers through, staying on the other side of the famous rock.
Susan must have decided to take the middle ground! High (but perhaps not dry) on top of Nancy Rock.
If looks could kill, there would be fewer rocks and trees.
Padddlers enjoying the show.
Nancy, the namesake of the rock (see December 6 post), decided to bypass the rapid this time. Here she enjoys playing in one of the eddies.
Claire follows Joline's route through the rapid.
At Reiko's insistence, Henry paddles back upstream to attack the rapid a second time, so that Reiko can use his camera to catch any mistake he makes on "film."
The chosen route requires a tight turn to slip between Nancy Rock and the rock below.
Finally, wildlife slow enough to catch on camera.