Typically, October is one of the driest months in the southeast. But this year, we have been getting steady rains and the paddling has been fantastic. There has not been any one excursion that specifically has brought down the house, perhaps more of a slow whitewater marination in both the subtle and profound changes that take place this time of year. From the hints of greenish yellow to the post peak orange and brown, we have been out and about this month, harvesting all we can, to further our bellies in anticipation of leaner times, which El Nino threatens to bring this winter.
So here's a barrage of images depicting just some of the ways we have been participating in the changes this fall.
Abrams Creek, late September
Clear Creek Canyon, a few colors coming in
Side Canyon to Clear Creek
Brandon Hughett, Clear Creek Canyon
Brandon on Jack's Rock, Clear Creek Canyon
Nick Barron, Crooked Fork
Nick Barron stroking away from a disgusting hole on Crooked Fork
Some midget tried to peddle a windshield off on us at the Caney Fork put in.
Nate Helms boofing a ledge early on, Caney Fork
Byron Sambat taking water quality samples at Devil's Kitchen
Knoxville contingent, typical boogie on Caney Fork
Lots of scenic flatwater with mysterious springs bubbling in here and there
Looking under the couch cushions for a missing kayak
The rocks on the Caney Fork are hungrier than the holes
Nick Barron, why don't you show us the next item up for bids?
My wife is a badass.
Trey Coleman, the boofing banker
Smoky Mountain Scenery
One of the best things about fall boating is the leaves in the water.
Laura high on the Little
This shot is pretty corny
Tradition, from the earth to the next generation
The highly coveted Linville-Copia. Paddling Linville during the fall colors is the ultimate sensory overload experience in the southeast!
The only thing better than Linville in the fall is high water Linville in the fall.