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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Monday, June 29th 2015- Gala to Oxbow Farm

The canoes packed up and ready in the morning
                Today was the first day of our 50 mile adventure. It began with a foggy morning as everyone rushed to eat yogurt, granola, and bananas prepared by Hannah and Thomas, pack up the camp, and load the canoes in order to arrive at Eagle Rock in time to witness a presentation.  With rushing water and high water levels, we were able make it just in time. The Department of Game and Inland Fisheries awaited our arrival, and they taught us about various species of fish in the Upper James River that they caught using electroshock fishing techniques.  We were all lucky to see a muskie fish which was an awesome experience!
Our team uniting before heading out on the water

Electroshock fishing brought on by DGIF

A muskie fish caught during electroshock

           After learning about the hogsucker, spotted bass, small mouth bass, red breasted sunfish, and other species, we continued our journey as we battled more rapids and strengthened bonds within our team. We spotted 2 Kingfishers along the river to add to our survey. The camp cooks packed a delicious lunch which we were able to enjoy on a beautiful river bank. Before launching for the final time today, the team took a dip in the brisk James which was extremely refreshing.
Our team paddling on the river

We found our camp site

As the sun was shining on our way to the campsite, some of the paddlers were able to kick back and relax as the river swept us downstream. The views were magnificent and full of lush mountains. Finally we made it to our destination. The expedition team unpacked canoes and assembled tents. Coming from a long day of paddling, it was nice to arrive early enough to enjoy some free time. Will and Ellie caught crayfish, Aubrey and Sophia took some time to chill in the hammock, and the others played Ultimate Frisbee. Luckily, Hannah became an expert fire-builder, so we can all stay warm tonight. It was an amazing day, and we can’t wait to enjoy the rest of our expedition!         ``

Sophia and Will!

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