Shenandoah shows its colors

October 22, 2006

Fall on the ShenandoahYesterday I got out for a quick afternoon paddle on the Shenandoah to soak in the fall colors. As is usual in Virginia, fall and winter are generally wet seasons so the river was higher and faster than I’m used to, and though I tried valiently I couldn’t manage to paddle past the first low rapids by the Route 7 bridge. I got a good workout in the process without making any headway, and finally gave up and let myself be carried north by the current back under the bridge to the deeper and slower downstream sections.

The rapids I couldn't get past

Fall river colorsThe trees are not the only elements to display beautiful fall folliage. I was surprised to note that the underwater world changes just as much as the forests do. The river was full of floating and submerged leaves and just looking down into the water was mesmerizing as I watched the reds and golds floating past over the rocky river bed.

Underwater view


More Goose Creek photos

October 9, 2006

Fall Foliage on Goose Creek

With the Leesburg USGS gauge reading 2.1′, Goose Creek becomes quite nice to paddle, albeit a bit swift when going against the current.  I put in by Fox Croft bridge today and paddled up stream for a ways before turning back around and coming back — in a fraction of the time it took me to struggle southwards.  The forest was resplendant in fall folliage, and I couldn’t resist filling up my memory stick knowing full well my little Pentax W10 wouldn’t do it justice.

The old foxcroft bridge foundation

Goose Creek Stone Bridge

October 7, 2006

Crenshaw Road BridgeA few days ago Jordan, Annie and I explored a new section of Goose Creek.  Goose Creek is the closest kayakable water to our house and arguably the most picturesque as well.  Unfortunately I’ve always considered it too shallow to boat in so we didn’t really start discovering its treasures until recently.  Water levels are pretty low now because it’s the end of a hot, dry Virginia summer, but we can still get around fairly well and have recently explored several different sections of it. 

Goose Creek Stone BridgeOn this particular outing we all piled into our kayak at Crenshaw Road bridge.  Most of the creek was navigable, but we did have to carry over at least four shallow spots along the way.  About a mile from our put-in point we got caught in an unexpected downpour, so we called Claudia who picked us up at what would have been our half-way point, the civil-war era Goose Creek Stone Bridge.  Overall a nice outing, and I’m looking forward to going farther next time with slightly higher water levels.  Thankfully, the last few days have given us a steady rain which is raising all our creek levels.  I hope to get out on this long weekend and take some nice fall foliage photos on the water.

The Goose Creek Leesburg USGS gauge was reading 1.45′.