I paddled 4 miles upstream from Kuner and back. There was a good flow around 450 cfs. The river was somewhat channelized by a coastal ice, but there was no floating ice as during my previous paddling. Getting in and out of the kayak was a little bit tricky because of ice near shores.
There was still a lot of snow and snow drifts, so the river was beautiful. About 1 mile above Kuner there is my favorite spot - a long, narrow and windy river leg with high banks. I shot there most of my South Platte River Winter movie in January and February of 2004. Unfortunately, that leg was almost frozen. I would probably try to paddle through it in my Sea Wind canoe, but not in 21' Thunderbolt.
It was sunny and calm with air temperature a few degrees above freezing, a perfect weather for upstream workout. A couple of bald eagles was watching my progress. I turned around just before sunset and ended up finishing my paddling about half hour after sunset. The dusk was a magical time on the river, especially, with hundreds of geese landing for a night rest. Unfortunately, it was getting terribly cold as soon the sun was down. Dragging an icy and slippery kayak from the river through deep snow into a high bridge at Kuner was a struggle ...
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