serpentine 2011 Apr 5, 2012 13:45:54 GMT -5
Post by shawnq on Apr 5, 2012 13:45:54 GMT -5
Last year about this time i was planning a trip with some friends when i found " my secret river " after carefully reading about every river i decided the serpentine looked like a great adventure so we decided for the long weekend in may we would try it. Saturday morning we arrived in riley brook asking for directions to the river when we were told u don't wanna go there nobody canoe's the serpentine lol.... they insisted we go down the Tobique instead , we planned on doing the tobique on day 2 , so after ignoring the warning we set forth on our adventure ! I had been a little worried about the river due to the fact the water levels were extremely high this year and i knew the river would be running fast but i put on a brave face for the rest of my friends that were having second thoughts about our choice of river. As we put the canoe's and kayak's in the river we were off like bullets by far the fastest river i have ever been on, the river running down a constant down hill grade threw the mountain valley's and soon realized this wasn't a beer drinking river !!! This river kept us on our toe's steering around huge rocks the size of an Suv and fast corner's and it also made stopping almost impossible. During the first hour only 1 kayak had flipped during an attempt at downing a beer when he had hit a rock side ways and the girls we had with us were having second thoughts since we didn't hit the falls we had herd so much about yet. "The first falls " wasn't much due to the fact the river was so high but had me worried when my canoe almost got stuck on a ledge going over it but we made it ok but then the second was a monster with rapids that where much higher then the side's of the canoe and much bigger rocks right after it, i screamed loud to my wife in the front of the conoe to paddle hard as we had no warning of the falls until it was to late , it was a rush to say the least we all made it fine except for a canoe full of water and as we headed for shore to empty the conoe a kayak flipped a foot from the bank when they decided to grab a hanging tree to stop , bad idea in such fast moving water. The last few miles of the river was less event full giving more time to take in the wildlife as a bunch of ducks decided to join the group and float down the river with us .Never seen a sole on the river and 1 camp in 25 miles it was perfect , ive never seen such beauty going down a river with the high mountains on each side with overflowing streams pouring into it .