2017.07.17 Aquablaze 2017 Day 9!
At Farms Riverview Boat Landing we ran into some kayakers doing a short stretch of the South Fork. They told us that we were coming up on Treasure Island which had a nice area with picnic tables to take a break. We passed it up navigating around some rocks and didn't want to waste effort paddling upstream, so we had lunch at Hardin Island which had a wooden ramp that led up to a labyrinth of paths someone had mowed on the island. It was a little bit creepy, we had lunch and paddled on. There were quite a few sets of rapids and rock shelves today, we're getting better at blasting through them in a fun way instead of getting stuck on rocks in them. Some of the waves half way through the rapids hit higher than the side of the boat, Mr. Snickers and JoJo took on quite a bit of water just from those waves. We took another break under the John Mosby Hwy, talked with the locals, and of course asked if there were any good restaurants in walking distance, but there weren't. While looking for campsites we found a well established one with a fire pit and an abandoned piece of farm equipment on an island. We decided to try our luck at finding something further on down rhe river so we could get more miles in today. We ended up setting up camp on the Northern tip of Burwell Island which was a really cool campsite with the relaxing sound of water moving quickly by.
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