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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Day 4- Oxbow to Buchanan 6/25/13

   Today’s expedition was by far one of the best, if not THE best.  We started off visiting Oxbow farm where we learned about responsible cattle farming.  This included ways in which to most efficiently use the land and water as well as how to best reduce or eliminate the amount of pollution that reaches the James River.  Farmer Seibel was gracious enough to let us tour his beautiful farm and answer all of the many questions we had for him. Thank you Farmer Seibel, we have a great hay ride!

   The second part of the trip included packing up all of our gear and paddling down the James River with Buchanan as our destination.  Along the way we found an absolutely amazing natural spring which created a series of waterfalls.  The water was cold but crystal clear, we were even able to swim in it as well as sit in a small cave behind the waterfall itself.  It was a once in a lifetime find and we feel unimaginably lucky to have stumbled upon it, it was the highlight of everyone’s days.

   The last part of our adventures involved arriving in Buchanan at the home of an amazingly kind man named Jimmy who not only is letting us stay on his property but let us use the bathroom and have our first showers since Saturday! Thank you very much Jimmy we cannot express in words how grateful we are.  After that we met with the James River association representatives as well as John Mays, the owner of Twin River outfitters, to discuss the development of the Upper James River.  They have added many new campsites and canoe/kayak put-ins which the community has been thoroughly enjoying this summer.  Thank you JRA and Mr. Mays for a very informative and helpful information session.

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