Debbie and Bob could not hold back and continuously paddled ahead of the group. The Mendenhall contingent hung back while they explored piscatorial looking water and fished most of the day. They caught a number of smallmouth bass, blue gills and similar pan fish. The Wolfpack contingent averaged some where in between. Soon the Wolfpackers got into one of the first rapids'caught the bottom of their canoe (graciously loaned by Joe and Lisa Samuel)' and tipped over. Thus their introduction to the refreshingly cool water! We repeated much of the same throughout the middle of the day. More paddling ahead by the old fogies. More fishing by the young bucks. And more canoe tipping with river dipping by the sweethearts.
By mid-afternoon the fishermen were so far behind that our other boats pulled out at the grist mill rapid to wait. Bob got back in the water with a solo canoe to practice his white water moves: paddling upstream through the rapid by eddy hopping, crossing current lines, side surfing and front end surfing. Eventually we all exited at the Wagoner Access New River Park. We were lucky to find one empty camp site which the sweethearts snagged for the weekend. After a hearty grilled supper we all retired to home or tent, ruddy from the sun, tired but happy!