Thursday, June 17, 2010

Scow project update: June 17, 2010.

Darren is back from the field, having been thwarted by intense rains and strong, cold winds. I've been gone 3 days, but there have been several developments on the scow project which I relate here. Perry now has begun to work on the scow rain or shine as time is running out. An assistant will help him with some of the staining work on the scow. He is now working on the frame that will hold the tent up. I will likely see the scow tomorrow and post some pictures then. Patty got all the crew and scow tents today in Calgary. Our request for a permit from the City of Red Deer to launch the scow on their property was approved. We are looking into getting some name plates made up for the scow and rowboat. Also getting a small metal tray made up for the old stove to act as a catch basin for ashes and unburned coals.

All this rain has swollen the Red Deer River and it has sped up considerably over its normal slow speed. Hoping this will not affect our launch and subsequent travels. The weather forecast looks good for the most part over the next 3 days, but rain is called for again!

1 comment:

  1. Happy Bill RobinsonJune 17, 2010 at 8:14 PM

    When are you guys launching? A bunch of us are coming up in August for the Barnum Brown Centennial to float the river too -- maybe we will see you on the water.

    I've done the trip a few times over the years by canoe -- and once by foot from Dry Island to Drum(ouuch). I think the only thing you might run into is the shallow river downstream of Drumheller. Man, it sure is shallow there, could barely find a channel to get a canoe to float! I pushed that bloody thing for miles.

    I've heard its raining quite a bit in Alberta, maybe the high water will hold up and all will be well.

    We had planned on rebuilding the raft too but to original spec. We wrote to the AMNH but never heard back :) Probably a good thing!

    All the best to you and the crew, should be a blast!