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Monday, June 23, 2014 - We've hit Oxbow!

3rd Day of Our Expedition

            After waking up from our 2nd night of questionable sleep, the cooking crew prepared some fruit, yogurt, and granola for breakfast as we packed up our bags to finally start the actual expedition. After the tent builders broke down the tents, we loaded the canoes to go down the river. Three miles into paddling, we met up with the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF). They showed us how electrofishing works and how they use it to monitor fish populations around the James River. After the presentation, we started down the river again only to hit a couple of minor rapids.
            When we finally found a beach to eat lunch, we discovered a pretty cool old dam. While we were at the beach, we started to begin cooking our daily lunch of tortillas.  To let our stomachs settle a bit before hopping back into paddling, Dan taught us how to fish with his net. After the nice fishing lesson, we started to head down the river only to find the remains of the muskie fish. After Claire dissected its stomach to inspect the innards and contents, we again moved downriver. Unfortunately, it was at that time that we had our first canoe tip, but everyone quickly helped gather Georgia, Autumn, and the rest of the fallen materials from the water. After the tipping, we left the rapids and finally completed the fifteen-mile journey (our longest stretch of the week).

            We ended with some great rice and beans and were fortunate enough to enjoy a clear, starry night, at least for a little while. The cloud coverage was perfect timing as all of our eyelids began to droop, so we headed off to our tents to end our day on Oxbow Farm.

- Mason and Hugo

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