Friday, November 13, 2009

Segment 13 - Bethel Park to Vann's Tavern Park

Total Distance: 8.8 mi
Total Time: 4:12:06
Moving Time: 2:36:06
Average Moving Speed: 3.4 mi/h
Max Speed: 5.0 mi/h

Another late post! And another loop, due to great laziness! We did this paddle on September 27th. Rather than doing Bethel Park to Vann's Tavern, we looped from Bethel.

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Projected Route

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Actual Route

As you can see, we also swung a bit out of the way to investigate some islands and look for geocaches. The GPS dropped a bit of the route at the end, but I assure you we made it a full loop, rather than magically teleporting from the islands back to the car.

The day was beautiful, and Bethel Park was another nice, quiet put in. No parking fee, good restroom and drinkable water. JD also claims to have run into a friendly kitty while I was loading the car.

This loop didn't have quite as many cool features as Little River, and the boat traffic was much heavier. One nice thing is that the route could be as long as you wanted it to be - a plethora of inlets meant we probably could have added another 2-3 miles if we had followed each one.

The islands were very cool and much larger than we had expected from the map. There are 5 or more geocaches on the islands - we'll definitely be going back when we're not quite so tired. This may also be a good spot for a rustic over-night.

Fun time, happy paddlers!

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