Monday, March 31, 2008

Canoe Trip on San Marcos River

On Saturday, Julie and I participated in the 1st Annual Jim Kimmel Honorary Canoe Trip. This was organized by the department of Geography and tied into the Common Experience theme of Texas State which is "A River Runs Through Us." Dr. Kimmel, pictured in the red inflatable kayak, is an expert on the San Marcos River and led us through a six mile stretch of the River which has been designated a State Paddlers Trail near Luling. Our group numbered about thirty and we looked like a flotilla at the beginning, but the group spaced apart along the route. The trip took about 2.5 hours with a 15 minute stop for Julie to have a snack. Julie and I shared a canoe. I was in the rear and charted our course and Julie provided useful front propulsion. While we felt a bit guilty for not bringing our water dogs on the trip, our feelings of guilt quickly subsided after we saw cottonmouth snakes swimming along the bank of the river. At that point, Julie made a proclamation about only swimming in river water close to the springs or the source of the water where fewer water snakes congregate. After we had finished the canoe trip, our group stopped in for a meal at Luling City Market which is widely considered one of the top barbecue joints in Texas. We shared a heap of brisket and pork ribs which was excellent! It was a great day.


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