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This morning a friend and I launched our kayaks from Hiawatha Landing in Blodgett Mills, NY. Don’t blink because you’ll drive right by this very small town nestled a few miles south of Cortland. Heavy rains over the past two days rapidly brought the water levels up in the Tioughnioga river. The USGS stream gauge at Corltand, NY on October 20th was at 3 feet and this morning the gauge was up at 5 feet. The river was flowing fast turning a rather slow trip into a quick one. The weather was cool and slightly windy as we paddled through some nice riffles and dodging a few strainers along the way making this a really fun adventure. I noted quite a bit of color loss due to the storms the over the past few days but there was enough to gawk at. In theory this trip of 11 miles would take close to 4 hours under normal conditions, however today we flew completing it in 1:48.

I love to be out on the water most anytime but Autumn by far is my favorite. I hope to be able to keep at it until at least mid-late November. Hopefully Mother Nature will oblige!

Check my GPS of the trip: https://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/1417726350

Getting ready to start our journey at Hiawatha Landing in Blodgett Mills, NY October 23rd 2016. Image © Joe Geronimo

Getting ready to start our journey at Hiawatha Landing in Blodgett Mills, NY October 23rd 2016. Image © Joe Geronimo

Warren and I near Messengerville, NY October 23rd 2016. Image © Joe Geronimo

Warren and I near Messengerville, NY October 23rd 2016. Image © Joe Geronimo

 

Warren & I near Messengerville, NY October 23rd 2016. Image © Joe Geronimo

Warren & I near Messengerville, NY October 23rd 2016. Image © Joe Geronimo

Warren on the Tioughnioga river October 23rd 2016. Image © Joe Geronimo

Warren on the Tioughnioga river October 23rd 2016. Image © Joe Geronimo

Flying high on the Ti near Marathon, NY October 23rd 2016. Image © Joe Geronimo

Flying high on the Ti near Marathon, NY October 23rd 2016. Image © Joe Geronimo

Myself at the take out Marathon, NY October 23rd 2016.

Myself at the take out Marathon, NY October 23rd 2016.

Warren loading our boats for the trip back to my car, October 23rd 2016 Marathon, NY. Image © Joe Geronimo

Warren loading our boats for the trip back to my car, October 23rd 2016 Marathon, NY. Image © Joe Geronimo

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