Saturday, March 19, 2011

March 19 Recon Day

Spent the day marauding around Whitewater State Park, looking over the land and water. The flood bullet has been dodged, due to iterative melting pattern and lack of significant precip over the past couple weeks. The bigger water is still turbid, but not really that high even (save the very high order big river reaches). All of the gauges show hydrographs peaking yesterday. There should be plenty of water ready to fish at this moment and going forward. I've come across multiple reports of BWO action.

Started the day following the park naturalists in some distillation of maple syrup. Kids skip several steps, as is often the case.

Then up the trail to Chimney Rock.

Q: Why do you think the snow is still on one side of the ridge trail but not the other?
A: Because the sun doesn't get to it. - James Watkins

Middle Branch WW, just upstream of confluence with swimming impoundment outflow (which was clearer), 15:25 CDT. Still pretty turbid. I saw a couple guys fishing. Fishable, but I wouldn't want to be on it today. Better water out there.


Blogger Royce Gracie said... that syrup. Looks like some big maples.

12:32 PM  
Blogger Wendy Berrell said...

The boys equated the sap to "tree blood" which I thought showed a pretty good grasp of the concept.

Tasted like water.

We saw midges in the sap buckets, by the way.

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