After camping out at our put-in spot, Lee's Landing, we were kept plenty busy Saturday morning preparing for the festivities of the batteaux launch at Percival's Island. Along with the Virginia Canal and Navigations Society and several other organizations, the JRA manned a booth a little ways off the Island with the help of some beloved James River Association volunteers, endearingly named River Rats. On Percival Island itself, the JRA crew thoroughly enjoyed having the opportunity to bring so many pipsqueaks of all ages to the river for some messy critter (macroinvertebrate) collection using seine nets. We even managed a fish printing station where tiny hands were kept busy decorating t-shirts with bass, brook trout, and bluegill rubber stamps from 9 A.M. to 3 P.M, only stopping at 11 to watch the rowdy batteaumen depart for the first leg of their journey. The day was a huge success overall, considering that we brought tons of kids to the banks of the James, and that Pat won the fishing tournament.
Learn more about the James River Batteau Festival, see some beautiful photos from this year's launch, and check out their 8-day schedule to follow them yourself (all paddlers welcome!) : http://www.vacanals.org/batteau/
The James River Batteau Festival works in close partnership with the Virginia Canal and Navigations Society to promote the history of Virginia's canal works through the historical reenactment of a trade route from Lynchburg to Richmond. During the JRA's upcoming expeditions, we will be tracking our own journeys with the help of a few amazing James River atlases, printed by the VC&NS. Learn more about the organization here: http://www.vacanals.org/
Bald Eagle Sighting During our Float!