Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Canoe Fatigue

The canoe rack at the Audubon Center at Francis Beidler Forest stands empty today. Although the weather has been unseasonably warm the last few days, this isn't our busiest time of the year, especially for canoe trips. Additionally, and this is a news flash, we're in the midst of a drought. Therefore, the water level is too low in Four Holes Swamp for an enjoyable canoeing experience. Logs and cypress knees that are normally below the draft of our high-speed Grumman, 16-foot, aluminum canoes are now body-jarring obstacles. That's why the canoe racks are empty today.

Years of inexperienced canoeists or cypress knee ambushes have led to dents, holes, and metal fatigue along the seams of the canoes. Although not in danger of sinking, the Four Holes Swamp Fleet was in need of some dry dock attention. The bracing and welding is being accomplished at the dry dock facilities of our corporate partner, Lafarge Cement. The fleet will be in working order long before the scheduled canoe trips in the spring.

You can find out more information regarding our canoe tours by clicking here.

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