Thursday, July 1, 2010

Scow trip, July 1, 2010.

Another frustrating couple days. We had Perry come and fix the scow best he could until thundershowers intervened. After the repairs were done we went to leave and discovered we were high centered on a big rock- no amount of pushing would help. We could spin the scow around, but not off the rock. Hours of work and we gained 6 inches. That rock, and our obvious inexperience on this faster stretch of river (leading to the previous accidents) forces me to pull the scow out and move it downstream to a section of river with no big rocks and a gentler gradient and more placid water. I feel it is simply too dangerous for us rookies to attempt it alone. It looks easy when you look at the river but once you are on it it is a different story. Later today, Dan's Oilfield Service and others will come to our rescue and drag us up the bank or lift us out of the river and take us downstream to Content Bridge where highway 21 crosses the Red Deer River. I continue to have problems uploading images- sorry.

2 comments:

  1. Happy Canada Day to everyone on the scow! I hope your luck improves!

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  2. 2 hikers in yellow jacketsJuly 1, 2010 at 7:33 PM

    What a privilege to see the scow moored up at Riverbend Golf Course this morning, and to have a chat. Hope the move went well and that you'll be floating tomorrow. Good luck with your expedition!

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