I parked at the hwy Y bridge on the Cuivre River, it is a few miles west of hwy 79.
Paddled upstream (and into the wind) first, thinking I'd have an easy return trip.
I found a cool little creek feeding the river on the south side. I'll have to explore up there more this summer. Bet it would be good fishing too.
A couple of months ago I got an email from Patrick telling me about a great on-line deal for a Stohlquist PFD (here is the link to where I bought it, but the 50% off sale is gone :( ). I bought one after reading a few reviews. This was the first time I got to try it out while paddling. It fit great, the arms are wide open so no intereference or range of motion trouble. It has a mesh back panel so it shouldn't get to hot this summer. The back flotation foam is fitted in high on the back so it doesn't interfere with the kayak seat backrest.
Even though it was over 70 degrees today, we had snow just three days ago, so the water was way too cold for a flotation test. But the pfd has a US coast guard approval and a high bouyancy rating of 16lbs, 12oz. and two pockets just big enough to hold the Adventure Cam. Also has some hi-vis reflective tape stripes, should help in recovering my body.
This was a great day to paddle. Adventure Van was right again!