We are hanging out at Camp Namekagon tonight, near Springbrook. We were welcomed with a presentation by Peter Gove, the past chair of the St. Croix River Association’s board of directors and a true driving force for the preservation of our rivers. A presentation by Jean Schaeppi, historian with the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway, just wrapped up. Both of them had to compete with tap beer and pizza, a pool table, and some very exuberant paddlers, but were well-received.
The river was rushing again today. It kept us all on our toes, and we looked to our paddling companions for companionship and a helping hand at times. Folks spotted three different black bears along the banks. I was lucky enough to paddle for a bit with Jim Fitzpatrick, recently retired as director of Carpenter Nature Center along the St. Croix in Hastings, MN, and also a true bird expert. It was great to finally identify a few of the innumerable birds we heard and saw.
We have completed three of six days, and things are really settling into a groove. It’s fun to drift from group to group, and still see new faces as we let the river carry us along.
Bill Cook says
Looks like you are really enjoying yourself and we are with you all the way. Maybe I will do it with you next year since I am getting younger year by year.
Mom and Dad