Xmas paddle

 

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22nd Dec . The rain gods had been kind. Supplying 0.94 on Lunes Brigde gauge, perfect for improvers but enough for the more skilled to play.

A good turn out. Mike H , Sten, Emma , John H, Brian, Sue, Ian H, Ian Mc, Colin, Rachel, Nigel, 11 in all; met at Tebay, Lunes Bridge. Some of the more skilled decided to Tebay entry rapid a go.

Score 4:1 to the paddlers. One swim rescued. around the bend.

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Then the rest joined, grade 2 with large eddies  enabled the improvers to improve and all to play. Then stop –  2 otters making their way upstream until they saw us 50m away.

Frequent boulders and rapid brought su to an island. A quick look to discuss lines for the improvers. Demos watched route selected. all but one success.

But he did choose the more challenging route.

Now slightly easier but still flowing.

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As the next Road bridge approached a longer grade 2/3 brought a swift roll from Sue, who informed us “I like being a  kayak, I don’t mind being upside down, but not together.”   The sun emerged, the trees reduced, views expanded. ‘is this Scotland!’

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As we floated 23 m from the bank a young otter, entertain due, until it git a surprise as it’s head emerged to breathe.

More fun, more waves, some to play in.

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Thanks to  Rachel for the Xmas cake.

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