Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Monday, March 30, 2009

Late Afternoon, Early Spring, Afterwork Desires.

The Parker River
The put in

The portage
The Fish Ladder

The take out
Easy After Work Dusklight Float Photos By Rick Beaty

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

A Truly GREAT photo from the Saco River, ME

photo by Brayan Harland

Monday, March 2, 2009

The Macal River, Belize.

The Macal River is in the Cayo District of Western Belize. Canoeing through the Mayan Mountains is enchanting and other worldly. What a chill float. The stretch up river of the small town San Ignacio has caves full of bats, wild boars you can smell from the canoe hoofing through the bank trails and deep lush jungle. As it enters San Ignacio down on river left the town market is the perfect stop for "ah-oo-ten-tico" Belizian food. Try to find the "fo-we-chicken" its the peoples chicken, the national dish with rice and bean. "Belize it" or not, theres a killer Indian restaurant in the town of San Ignacio too.

photos by Rick & Robin Beaty

Yea! I'd Rather Be Down There!

The Rio Grand, South of Hispanola, New Mexico.

photos by Rick & Robin Beaty

Sunday, March 1, 2009

The Ipswich River

The Ipswich River is a "local watering hole". Camping is restricted, which is cool because it keeps the riffraff at bay. I had to become a member of the Mass Audobon Society to be able to rent one of their three beautiful sites on Perkins Island. The most recent night we went I rented all three as to not share such quiet nature with other transients or Cub Scout groups. 

The best time out on the Ipswich is for the day. You can go for 3-5 hours, picnic at Perkins island(illegal according to the sign) Foote Bros' swampy site at "Something Or Another" Island, or float your lazy ass the entire way through the towns of Wilmington, Reading, North Reading, Middleton, Topsfield, Hamiltion and Ipswich out towards the sea(the later three being the best sections). You're on river time, and yet closer to work than I live.  

photos by Rick Beaty & Bryan Harland

Packrafting the White Mountains

The Androscoggin River

Next time we are in the Whites and want to dig our teeth into some river -the Pontook Section of the Androscoggin River in NH. It's 2.4 Miles long and according to "American Whitewater" It's a class II section. This section is short so we'd have to walk our boats back to the put in a few times(like when we were kids flying down mountains on our skateboards huffing it back to the start to do it all over again). It's just north of Milan on Rt 16. The Pontook Dam releases, supposedly, most weekends.

photos by American White Water & endurefun.com