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scenic or casual paddling beginner paddlers 1 day
'Cuz it's a Holiday - Otonabee River Paddle
Monday, May 19, 2003
route: Otonabee River from Whitfield's Landing to the Bensfort Bridge. And back again.
length: 1 day
difficulty: beginner

leader: 18.0
organizer: y

offsite report:
A Lovely holiday Monday paddle-

This stretch of the Otonabee was surprisingly undeveloped, with beautiful swampy shoreline and lots of marshes and inlets for exploring.

The long weekend also brought out lots of motor-boats and PWC's- but they disappeared quickly enough around a bend and we could pretend we weren't just minutes out of Peterborough.

We were on the water about 10:30 in our new canoe, which handles beautifully, even with Liam- who was more of a stabilizing force back when he was luggage!

We stopped for lunch under the Bensfort Bridge, and supplemented our supplies by foraging for M&M's at the Bensfort Resort Office and Store.

We didn't have enough drivers to do a shuttle- but the current is slow enough that wind was a bigger factor on the upstream part of the day. A rest stop in the shade at Squirrel Creek conservation area, then back to Whitfield landing, into the car, and home in time for the hockey game!

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