Cairns Kayaking
Cairns Kayaking
Cairns Kayaking
Easter Week End Walsh River Canoe Trip
Day 3-21km's
Today we would venture into the best section of river yet. Our planned lunch stop was at some hot springs. DJ navigated us perfectly to the inlet of the creek, but the hot springs were about 500m upstream. We had a hunt around but couldn't find them. We decided to head back to the canoes for lunch but J had disappeared off on her own looking for the springs. DJ went looking for her while the rest of us headed back. I couldn't afford to be in any more hot water than I already was!!! Not long after getting back to the canoes, J and DJ returned after finding the spring. So, we had lunch and headed back to the spot they had found. DJ was describing plunge like pools of hot spring water bubbling out of the ground creating this exotic oasis. When we got there it was more like a hot, muddy soak with a hint of sulphur. It did however run down into a creek where we all lay around in the warm pools where the two met. But all good things must come to an end, and we had another 10km's to paddle before making camp. It was in this 10km's that we found the 2 grade 3 rapids we were told about. From a distance you could see the river beginning to steepen as we could now see over the trees ahead of us instead of being engulfed by them. The 1st rapid was a read and run with DJ and Stru executing it perfectly. J and I got a little off line slamming straight into a rock washing off all our speed then leaving the front of the canoe dry docked on a flat rock with the tail surfing just above a nice size hole. After a few explicit commands, J got back on the job and we paddled over the last drop. While J and I were removing some of our extra ballast we had just taken on, Glen and Sam commenced their descent. A call from Stru came loud and clear, "Gear in the river". I swam out to retrieve their luggage from the pool, only to look up and see their canoe wrapping around a rock at the very top and Glen throwing the rest of their gear into the river to quickly lighten the load on the already stressed hull. They got it off and paddled the rest of the rapid well. There was no sign of the fishermen so we continued. As the distinctive features of a gorge ahead become obvious, the next grade 3 looked like a beauty. A mini Alarm Clock like the Tully River! We were unloading the canoes to portage, but without Action Matty to give directions, we decided to run it. 1st DJ and Stru gave it a shot and did a pretty good job of it only to tip over in the pool at the bottom. Stru came back and ran it with me as J was a better photographer than grade 3 paddler. Half way through the must make move, we did not make saw us sliding up onto a large flat rock with heaps of speed. I'm in the front hanging over the edge looking down at the final drop when I feel the canoe start to slide forward and down. Stru called "your on ya own" as he stepped out. Well, the results stand. No swim for me! Finally Glen and DJ had a run and the same must make move did not get made and some swimming was done into the drop. We made camp just below this rapid where Stru got to catch some dinner size fish and sleep with in ear shot of some fast moving water.

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