I finally made it down to the Vermillion for the first time in 2011. For the first time in a long time I wasn’t part of the ice-breaking crew that made the actual first run of the year, but it was pretty chilly all the same.
The temp was about 17 degrees when we put on, and there was a stiff wind that added a nice bite to it. Nora, Amy, and I were all bundled up under our dry suits, though, so once we started walking/climbing/slipping our way towards the put-in we were fine.
It was also Nora’s first descent in her new Big Dog kayak that she won in a nation-wide contest. Though she was still working on getting the outfitting set, it sounded like the boat performed well overall.
As for the river, the level was probably only about 75cfs, but it was running winter-fast, so there was fun play at both Railroad and Donut. Mostly, though, it was just nice to back on the water with friends. Looking forward to a new season!