Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Deer on the Deep Fork River

Deer on Deep Fork River
Deer on Deep Fork River,
originally uploaded by FreeWine.

On Monday, our part of Oklahoma was blessed with spring-like weather in the 60's. Acting quickly, Dianne and I foisted off our spawn on the nearest Grandparent and headed to the river for some emergency paddling. We have both been spending too many long hours at the keyboard and not enough in the sunshine.

We went back to the Deep Fork River bridges near Grayson and paddled the opposite direction as we went last time. I think we were going downstream, but there wasn't enough current to make much difference either way. Although it was a little breezy at times, for the most part it was perfect paddling weather. The sun was brilliant and there was quite a bit of wildlife out and about. We saw several whitetail deer, gray squirrels and a healthy number of turtles. One crazy carp nearly jumped in my kayak!

Just like before, we found the water relatively deep for the season, slow running and much more free of logjams and debris than many parts of the Deep Fork River. The two highway bridges near Grayson make a really nice place to slip the kayaks in the water for some excercise. We both felt renewed after only few hours of paddling in the sun. On this part of the Deep Fork River, there are miles of curvy waterways to paddle up and back on.

More pictures from this trip are available on my flickr photostream: http://www.flickr.com/photos/freewine/

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3 comments:

It's me, T.J. said...

I'm glad you guys got to get out.

later...

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Thomas said...

Can you believe this weather, t.j.?
Is Oklahoma turning into a desert or what?

Rainless seasons and 70 degree winter days sounds more like a weather forecast for Vegas than Oklahoma!