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    Default Knik River Shakedown Cruise

    I'm heading to the Knik River tomorrow, first float on my new-to-me Aire Cougar. Anyone know how long it usually takes to float from the Old Glenn bridge to the new Glenn?

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    Check the tides. I think it took us almost four hours, there isn't much flow and we fought a little bit of an incoming tide toward the end.
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    You can get an extra 4 miles or so if you go up the Knik river road

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    Thanks for the comments. I opted not to go today, as my kids don't have adequate gear for 4+ hours of rain. Maybe mid-week, or else next weekend.

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    With two families, including five kids under the age of ten, loaded on two Aire Lions we floated it in about six hours last weekend. This included a one-hour stop on the beach to roast hotdogs and marshmallows. As previously noted, the tides and winds at the mouth sometimes require a bit more rowing, and time, than you would prefer. Water levels were great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by charadrius View Post
    With two families, including five kids under the age of ten, loaded on two Aire Lions we floated it in about six hours last weekend. This included a one-hour stop on the beach to roast hotdogs and marshmallows. As previously noted, the tides and winds at the mouth sometimes require a bit more rowing, and time, than you would prefer. Water levels were great.
    That sounds like a great day. I'm shooting for something about the same. Although my youngest is 13 he's a big fan of the roasted marshmallows.

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    Looks like the weather might cooperate with you this weekend. Hope you have a great float with the family and I would be interested to hear what you think of your new Cougar when you return!

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    Well I'm finally heading out for my first trip with my cataraft. It'll be a Father's day float and assuming I don't jinx myself by saying it, I'll post pics and a summary tonight.

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    Having trouble posting due to expired tokens. Hopefully this gets through.

    Put in at around 4:00 at Brodenburg Creek on the south side of the highway at Old Glenn bridge.

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    Stopped at the first sand bar to top off the tubes and tighten a few nuts on the frame.

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    Daughter decided to work on her tan, it was just too nice of a day!

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    Decided to stop and have dinner when son was threatening to eat the dog.

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    Got to the new Glenn Highway bridge at about 9:00 pm. We probably spent an hour on a beach eating smoked brats and s'mores, so about 4 hours float time. I'm told low tide was at 6:00 so we hit the start of an incoming tide at the end of the float, Didn't really seem like it was an issue.

    I identified a few issues in my frame setup. I don't know if my rowing seat is too close, but it just doesn't feel right. Part of the problem is I have a deck that sits up pretty high and my knees just seem to always be in the way. It's not obvious to me what adjustment I need to make, or if it's just a matter of getting used to it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChugiakTinkerer View Post
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    Put in at around 4:00 at Brodenburg Creek on the south side of the highway at Old Glenn bridge.

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    Pic posting remedial training :-)

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    Put in at Brodenburg Creek

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    Looking back at Old Glenn bridge from a gravel bar.


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    Myself and eldest spawn


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    Finally, son and dog. It looks like I need to uncheck the option that says "Retrieve remote file and reference locally" then I can use the Direct link that Photobucket provides.


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