For a paddler in New Hampshire, Winnipesauke River in Franklin, NH is the only place to be on New Year’s Day. Every year, the Merrimack Valley Paddlers throw a great event to kick off the New Year. They rent out a church where paddlers can meet up and change. The town sets up a warming hut at the takeout. In the warming hut, there is often a chili cook off, hot chocolate, and coffee. After paddling, the Merrimack Valley Paddlers host an excellent dinner. I have been going to this event for many years and it never disappoints.
Learning a more advanced freestyle move like the loop has made me realize how true the statement “Practice makes perfect” really is. In the process of learning the loop I have broken a boat, and probably nearly my ankles as I repetitively slammed my bow down and hoped for some magic to flip my boat around.
First Dryway Release = First Lozer Cup Series Race. Oh how I miss my New England paddling friends. The race goes off and I immediately spin my cohort Ben Natusch sideways to the oncoming crowd (shenanigans). Pretty much insuring we will both be losers which I think is the goal.
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Every year, for one day, we get to one of Vermont’s hidden gems - the West River. The West River is a perfect mix of adventure and leisure - it has a little bit more adventure than the Zoar Gap and is a little mellower than the Dryway.