Neversink Reservoir after the Deluge

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Neversink Reservoir

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Friday, October 5, 2012

I was hoping for at least one last kayaking day before packing it in for the season.  Of Otto's suggestions, we picked the Neversink Reservoir in Sullivan county.  We were supposed to go yesterday, but luckily Otto rescheduled because of the weather.  We have had weeks, it seems, of rain, with a lucky break today.  It was warm enough that I just groaned a little when the paddle dripped on my bare legs.  My feet didn't turn blue - all was wonderful.

I didn't realize it, but poor Otto went out of his way to meet me in Kingston this morning.  For my part, I did make a huge sacrifice of sleep time to get there by 8 am - actually I made it there by 7:47 am.  It was foggy for most of my drive down - only clearing about a mile before the Kingston exit.  It was a lovely, if curvy, drive to the Neversink Reservoir.  We passed some other reservoirs on the way, stopped for gas for me, and then stopped to get the steam cleaning done at a very nice little restaurant where smells of baked goods enticed me into getting a muffin.  The steam-cleaning lady was very pleasant and told us that she was hoping to put some rental canoe/kayaks at the reservoir for people to use in her vacation rental business.  We got out stickers.  I had to reprint my NYC reservoir permit because I couldn't find it after searching all the most logical places.  I know I saw it when I cleaning the dining room table and I put it in a very logical place.

We put the boats in at Chandler's Cove.  The walk to the water wasn't too bad until we got to the shore where it was quite muddy.  We investigated some coves while heading toward the outlet of the Neversink River.  There were streams running into the reservoir and for relatively small streams, it was amazing the amount of noise they made.  We tried to figure out whether the recent rains accounted for the large amount of tree debris in the water and its chocolaty color. 

In the second cove, as I was investigating the stream outlet, Otto spotted what he thought was a beaver swimming.  It swam all along the shore out toward the main body of the reservoir until we lost it.  I took lots of photos.  Unfortunately, when I started editing them, I didn't realize they were the beaver photos so I deleted most of them.  I can't find the beaver in the remaining ones and I couldn't find any of the photos in my recycle bin.  Very odd.

Next Otto spotted a few ducks flying.  I did hear them.  Then I heard more birds and Otto pointed out the huge flock of geese on the opposite shore.  I wanted to get closer and managed to spook them so they all flew away.  My photos of them - before and during their flight - are very disappointing, so I struck out on all the wildlife pics today.  I may have gotten the eagle if you count the little black blob over Otto's head in one photo.

We had our lunch at the outlet of Neversink River on some rocks.  It was a neat little spot - not too comfortable, but had the gurgling water next to us.  The river was much to shallow to attempt to go up it at all.  After lunch, we turned back and noticed some big dark clouds, but luckily, no rain.  It did make the paddle back a bit cooler though.  Otto was trying a little fishing and caught a fish - oh, oh, I forget what kind now - but it got away.  He also reminisced about several record-size fish he had caught in this reservoir and showed me the places.

There is probably something major I am missing, but it is after 11:30 and I am feeling tired since I got up before the crack of dawn this morning.  It was just barely getting light when I started off.  But I am so glad I did since it was an excellent day for paddling and we even had some fall color!
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