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July 31, 2013

Lazy river trip on the Eel really hits the spot

Scenic voyage takes just a little bit of planning.

Summer has settled into a nice little zone of comfortable temperatures and weather conditions as of late. On a nice morning, my family took advantage of this by floating the Eel River.

We have been planning to float the river for a while now, but it just never seemed to work out. We had purchased a few river tubes a year ago for this type of trip.

We dug through the basement and found these still boxed up and then proceeded to open and inflate them for the trip the following morning. I am very glad that we decided to do this the night before because it took a lot longer than we had anticipated.

After manually inflating a partial tube we tried a foot pump, then a air mattress pump, and finally my air compressor to finish the job of inflating three tubes.

The morning came before we knew it. We did our chores, ate breakfast, and loaded the river tubes. I took along a light spinning outfit and a small box of assorted fishing lures for our trip. We drove to park one vehicle at our pickup spot and then to our entry spot at Spencer Park where we put into the river.

The water was nice, not too cold or too warm, and the water a touch on the murky side but still in good shape. I started to fish while my wife and daughter began floating downstream. I cast and cast before catching a little goggle-eye and then floated downstream to catch up.

The morning was beautiful and the weather perfect as we floated. It felt like we were on one of those lazy river rides at water parks. The only difference was that we were the only ones floating this stretch of river that morning. We did not see anyone else the entire trip.

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