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This Saturday 10th September, 2016, will see the Berri Kayaking Group and interested others exploring new territory near Loxton at Yabby Creek and the Horseshoe Lagoons. Click here for a detailed trip report.   We will meet at 8 at the riverfront at the Loxton Caravan Park (Look for the trailer full of kayaks).  Let me know if you’d like a lift from Berri – I’ll be leaving home at 7.30am.  We expect to be back at the cars late morning. [click to continue…]

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Increased flows into South Australia at the moment are presenting  a great opportunity to explore places that aren’t always accessible. Last weekend  (27-8-16) we explored from the regulator opposite the Loxton Caravan Park, travelled up Yabby Creek and into the horseshoe lagoons.

We were fortunate that the levels were exactly right – just low enough for us to limbo under the regulator, and deep enough to be able to paddle right through to the lagoons. [click to continue…]

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Exploring Katarapko in High Flows

High Flows at Katarapko

Campsite 9 and 10, Katarapko, underwater on 7/8/16

Murray River National Park, Katarapko Section, August 2016

The Stone Weir on Katarapko Creek, underwater during high flows on 7/8/16

Go With The Flow along Katarapko

We’re planning a kayaking trip this Saturday, August 13th, 2016 from Lock 4 to Milich’s Landing, along Katarapko Creek.  The water is moving more quickly than normal, and is flowing over the top of the stone weir, removing the need to portage around it as is normally done.  We’re quite keen to experience this different view of familiar landscape.

We’ll leave at 8am, and expect to finish by 1 pm, with transport to take us back to our vehicles.

Please bring: – a few water bottles,  snacks, sunnies and hat, suncream, sneakers or kayaking shoes, quick-dry clothing and a change of clothes, including longs and a jumper.  Kym will have dry-bags for sale if you need one.

Cost will be $35 per single and $25 for a seat in a double (and as always – you don’t need to have a partner for your double – we can team you up with someone) – There will be no charge for transport, or for having Kym as our guide.

Spaces are limited.  Bookings need to be made by phone/text to Kym on 04211 676 45.

Hope you can join us.

 

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Increased flows into South Australia

The Murray is flowing! (well, it always is, but now there’s plenty of water coming our way).

Good rainfall in Victorian and New South Wales catchments is sending water into South Australia.

During June the flow into South Australia was around 3GL/day (3 gigalitres per day).

During July it has shot up to 20GL/day – the highest flow in 3 years! [click to continue…]

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Hiding behind the Camera

“Look like you’re enjoying yourself” we’d shout at the kids as they paddled around in front of colourful sandstone cliffs, or lush green wetlands.

“Smile” 

Or “Ve haf vays of making you haf fun” (said in our best Sergeant Schultz voice – remember him from Hogan’s Heroes?  No?  Our kids didn’t get it either, so never mind. Obviously we’re showing our age.)

What’s my point?

We believe our river and wetlands are gorgeously beautiful.  We believe you should get out there and see it for yourself.  We believe kayaking is the best way to do that.  We want you to hire kayaks from us, or enjoy a guided kayak tour with us.  We believe the best way to convince you to do that is to SHOW YOU how lovely it is, and so, we invest a lot of energy and time into getting great photos for our website, social media, brochures etc.

And of course, it helps if the people in the photos, are the “beautiful people”, like our kids (but we’re not biased!)  In the early days of our business, our children patiently paddled in circles, smiles plastered onto their faces, in front of beautiful scenery, while we clicked away. (Thanks kids.)  Our patient daughter even consented to have her photo on magnetic car door signs: Greater love hath no daughter)   Over time we’ve had generous customers willing to let us use photos we’ve taken on tours, with their lovely faces/backs/silhouettes in amongst the beautiful scenery, or against backdrops of breathtaking sunset and sunrises mirrored on the water.

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BUT – the past few months have been a bit of a shock for Kym and I, who have usually hidden behind the camera.  We’ve been seen!  Exposed!  We’ve felt very blessed to have SA Life come to film for a short segment on their travel program, which we are eagerly anticipating seeing soon.  We’ve also been part of filming for an ad, which is being made for Destination Riverland, which is intended for cinema and tv use.  True – that may end up being no more than a 0.5 second glimpse, but still – we may get the chance to say, “Look, Mum, that’s me!” We’ve also made the front page of the local paper; The Murray Pioneer”, and the following week – a few pages further in.

 

And we’ve laughed at the irony: it’s become our turn to paddle in circles with smiles plastered onto our faces.  And, do you know what?  It’s pretty easy to smile: It really IS all quite beautiful.

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