Date: 5 April 2015
River: Arkansas (Pinnacle Rock)
Level: 434 cfs
Paddlers: Me, Frank, Sharlene, Ed, Katy, Jose, Jim, Jim, Rich
On Easter day, many people have their traditions. Church, staying at home, easter egg hunts, chocolate, the list goes on! I am proud to say that I did not consume ANY chocolate yesterday, but I did participate in a pretty cool tradition here in southern Colorado! The Annual Easter Bunny Paddle on the Arkansas River! The local paddling group, Pikes Peak Whitewater Club gathered folk for an easy paddle followed by a potluck picnic on the shores. I considered myself lucky to be invited along. The rules of the Easter Bunny Paddle is that each paddler had to attach a stuffed bunny on the bow of their boat. Some even took it a step further and duct taped bunny ears to their helmets! Note for next year: find bunny ears for my helmet.
This section of the Arkansas was one I hadn’t paddled before, and it was at low water so for this big water boater, it was a bit of a challenge maneuvering my short playboat around rocks. The Pinnacle Rock section was a fun class III run, which apparently gets even more awesome as the water level rises!
The weather was so great (23 degrees celcius) along the way, we saw fishermen along the shore and families having Easter picnics and having fun along the river. It was so great to see people taking their children out on Easter and spending it in the outdoors together as a family!
Enjoy the photos!