Larry and James visited from Kansas and brought along their two kayaks hoping to find some quality river time. Unfortunately, the lack of rain left the Duper in a sad state of water deficiency. We did however, make our way to Churchill Woods forest preserve to give the East branch of the DuPage river a try. Before we headed up stream, we explored the islands near the put in sight. As you can see from the 1st picture (click on it for a larger view), Larry became one with his kayak and was somehow able to get under the bridge. James and Dan did not feel it was in their best interest to attempt a similar feat.
Although we had no significant wildlife sightings (outside the usual herons, ducks, carp etc.) or any fantastic tale to tell, it was the 1st trip involving 3 solo 'yaks and it involved a couple new paddlers. We are still a week or two away from some quality tree color but as I have said many times before......time spent on the river with good friends and family is a pretty good way to kill a few hours. October is here and I will surely be out again soon to extend my streak to 23 consecutive kayaking months. LET THERE BE RAIN!!!