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Sea Frog
10-03-2005, 01:51 PM
Souvenirs from a pic-posting nut's paddling summer days in Southern France.

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On Esparron lake, entering river Verdon on a still September afternoon.

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What's left a of a tree after a nearby dam was constructed and the water level raised in the 70es. Yet the former, lower river was a famed rendez-vous for European kayakers.

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Now how could the foliage persist is a mystery to me.

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The many grottos that line the river did house cavemen, some have paintings on the ceiling.

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Those were supposedly a hefty and welcome shelter from the huge wild animals roaming in the area.

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This one had a Mediaeval walling added.

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At a welcome landing albeit hard to find along those rocky shores, young oaks overlook the turquoise water.

Eric

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WWheeler
10-03-2005, 02:57 PM
Sea Frog, were you camping along the way? Looks like fabulous country.

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Sea Frog
10-03-2005, 02:58 PM
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As tendinitis postponed the completion of a kayak project, I had to buy this 14' commercial folder. I lost much of my already scarce balancing skills on her beamy hull, but at sea she saved my butt one or twice in conditions.

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The Greelandic paddle belonged to a former, slimmer yak, but even in such inappropriate use it proved handier and got more use than the Euro, although the Euro brought swifter accelerations when the wind picked up on the fickle Med sea.

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In the distance, a rented boat cruises back to Esparron. Only electrical motors are allowed.

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Under the bridge to Quinson. The village houses the Musée de Préhistoire , which is as big as the village. Further on is another dam and paddling beyond the lake is not allowed. A whole class were drowned in a water release upstream a few years ago!

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Near the ruined house is a protected nesting area for herons and other birds, ducks and some mammals I couldn't identify, that look like beavers without a tail - I also saw one dead specimen floating on my way, bringing an answer to the question wether such clear water was drinkable.
Time to paddle back to the car, parked on a hill top.

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Sea Frog
10-03-2005, 03:47 PM
Originally posted by WWheeler:
Sea Frog, were you camping along the way? Looks like fabulous country.William, as signs planted here and there rather obviously put it, "unauthorized camping is not allowed"! That is for environmental purposes.
But there are many international camping clubs nearby.
It's not much trouble paddling the 12 to 15 kilometers in a day, though.
Add one more day for Esparron Lake, one for Sainte-Croix Lake upstream and one for the Grand Canyon yet beyond. Further is wild water, unfit for a flexible folder as I could check for myself, giving my tendinitis a second life after frantically paddling against the stream!

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John B
10-03-2005, 04:39 PM
Thank Eric. lovely trip by the looks. Amazing area .

Hwyl
10-03-2005, 05:08 PM
tres jolie.

martin schulz
10-04-2005, 06:28 AM
Great pics. I have been there with a bike looking down the Verdon canyon from above.
Perhaps some day I will shoulder my folding boat and will go for a little trip :D