Cartecay River Trip Report

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Six paddlers took a day off form work on Thursday, December
11 and headed to the Cartecay
: Mike Kellis, Jeff
Salembier, Don Robertson, Jeff and David (last names unknown), and me—Mark
Holmberg. We put on at Lower
Cartecay Road
about 1 PM. The rain that graced North Georgia for two days had just stopped and the sun
broke through the clouds. The river was at a great level and rising.  


Several of the rapids looked much different at the
relatively high water level today (3’+) compared to recent low level runs.
S-Turn had an intimidating wave in the normal line; however, an easy over the
ledge line on river right was open. There was a large hole on the upper right
side of Whirlpool along with a wave on river left. A large tree across the
river just above Blackberry
was a new obstacle.
There are openings on extreme river right and left just large enough to allow boats
to pass. The tree is visible from a distance; however be careful here. Finally,
a large wave—3’ to 4’—at the bottom of the falls filled my canoe to the gunwales.


It was great to see water in the Cartecay for a change. I
couldn’t help but imagine that Jay Srymanske’s spirit was with us on the river


It is our responsibilities, not
ourselves, that we should take seriously.”

Peter Ustinov,
British actor and writer


When one door closes, another
opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that
we do not see the one which has opened.”

Alexander Graham Bell,
American inventor


In any moment of decision the best
thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing,
and the worst thing you can do is nothing.”


26th president of the


The most successful people are
those who are good at Plan B.”

James Yorke,
mathematics and physics


Pick battles big enough to matter,
small enough to win.”

Jonathan Kozol,
American nonfiction
writer and educator


Most companies don't exercise
patience during the hiring process. There is no development system that is
going to compensate for making a bad hire.”

Eric Foss,
CEO of Pepsi Bottling


You must be the change you wish to
see in the world.”

Mahatma Gandhi,
Indian political leader


Service is the rent we pay for
being. It is the very purpose of life, and not something you do in your spare

Wright Edelman

children's activist


The first half of our lives is
ruined by our parents, and the second half by our children.”

Clarence Darrow,
American lawyer