On Black Friday (that's the day after Thanksgiving, for you Canucks, when many Americans mindlessly buy crap they don't need just b/c it's on sale), I went paddling instead. It was pretty gloomy weather, but it wasn't supposed to rain (and didn't), so I went on out and was glad I did! I returned to the TN River, launching from the same place I launched in September, but travelling North (downstream) instead of South this time. I find the "hidden" parts of the river the most interesting, but the chart isn't much better than this Google map view as far as knowing where you can get through. Unlike ocean charts, the river charts don't give you one color for low "tide" and one for high--and it can be hit or miss whether one can get through at a given time or not. So it's a risk that you take--you may well end up miles down a blind alley and be unable to get out and have to double back. See the green arrow? That nice wide passage was completely closed! No way through, even though there were no long, narrow "islands" on the chart, just as there are none on this google map view. But I WAS able to get through the narrow area where the red line goes. Go figure! The wind was up a bit, and as I knew it would be a head wind coming back (along with the slight current being against me as well), I didn't go out as far as I otherwise might, not wanting to be out there and miserable. But I got 10 miles in. It was a good day. Heading out: My lunch stop: Cool trees: And my new sticker, from the Church of the Double-Bladed Paddle Facebook group!