This was the hardest paddle day so far. Paddled only 28 miles, directly into strong winds with white-capping waves. To make matters worse, I got deep into a stump field filled with wild rice.
Let me explain that last sentence. In this area, there are many man-made lakes, where they just cut down the trees and left the stumps in very shallow water. That’s what I’m calling a “stump field”. When we began our journey at the headwaters, the wild rice was not yet growing above the top of the water, and many times our only indication of where the current was flowing was to watch the wild rice underwater. So today we used our very own “GBA Theory” to paddle where the wild rice flows. Ever try paddling where the wild rice flows?
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I'm the Grey Beard Adventurer. But you can call me Dale Sanders, and these are my stories.