Cannonsville Reservoir - Delaware River

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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Up at 5:30.  I am always impressed by an early start.  I was in and out of Dunkin Donuts by 6:15 am and on my way to Kingston to meet Otto.  We loaded my kayak onto his car and continued on from there through the Catskills to the Rainbow place where we had the boats steam cleaned so they wouldn't contaminate the NYC water supply.  The man was very nice and wrote up Otto's permit and my day pass.  I became a teenager again for the day.  We had seen some low spots in the river and, when Otto inquired about the best place to put in, the man suggested a place down the river but added that there would be quite a walk no matter where we went.  The farther launch sites would be a better bet for higher water.  We checked out the first one and it seemed an awfully long way to walk so we decided to check out the next one.  That one wasn't an improvement.  The third was decidedly worse because it had quite a steep downhill section.  I don't know whether it was the fourth or fifth that had an added problem of lots of loose rocks to walk over.  Did we try six places altogether.  Otto brilliantly suggested we try the handicap-accessible launch site - that was no better.  We tried the sailboat launch site - nope. 

By this time, we had walked at least a mile and spent over an hour investigating all the launch sites.  If not longer.  It would be quite an effort to get the 2 boats and all of our equipment down to the low water, to say nothing of the effort required to get them back up the steep grades to the car.  So we decided to stay at the last spot and have lunch - which we did.  Otto brought olives he had cured himself and some home-made wine.  I offered some home-made salsa from Jerry's tomatoes.  Then we had other store-bought stuff to eat as well.  After lunch, Otto wanted to investigate the river - or what was left of it - to see if there were any fish.  We walked down to the water and along the riverbed.  There were Canadian geese grazing on the young grass on the riverbed and tracks of deer, raccoon I think, and man and his dog all along the water's edge.  At the very end of the walk, we found a bunch of farm equipment parts, a concrete building foundation, a set of concrete steps and possibly an apple tree - with extremely small apples.

The weather was lovely, a nice breeze, warm temperatures and the trees were beginning to turn color slightly.  No paddling - which was a disappointment, but a nice, mellow day.  Otto punched "home" into his GPS so we went back by the Eastern Branch of the Delaware and got to see some slightly different scenery before rejoining Rt 28 and heading back to Kingston..  . 
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