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Discussion in 'Regional Forums' started by Blinkerfluid, Feb 1, 2009.
Nice job Squidmark!
I see an opportunity to get the tag to Cape Bretton Island...
From the campground, walk down to the closed gate that leads to the dam and powerhouse, but turn left between two brown posts just before that, walk through the raft storage area and stop at the top of the stairs.
Note the four penstocks, two fifteen-foot-diameter ones, one ten-foot, and one four-foot. The four-foot is what gets used at minimum flow to drive a smallish turbine. I suspect it is part of the "dark start" portion of the power plant, since the gates for it might be small enough to be opened and closed manually. You can see the spillway gates and the top of the powerhouse and across the way, the start of the log chute (see below).
You can go down a long flight of steps (159 by my count) to the river's edge where they launch the rafts. The staircase:
has rails. The rafts slide down those while the rafters walk down the sides holding onto them.
At the bottom:
there's this warning:
In fact, there are warnings like this all along the river, including one I saw 30 miles downstream that warned small boaters of "tsunamis" that could capsize them from releases way up here.
Across the river there is a concrete log chute from the top of the dam to the bottom:
It's five feet wide at the top and six at the bottom (better than the other way around, eh?). The last log drive down the Kennebec was in 1976 (the dam was built in 1954).
There were rafters taking off right as I got there. Interestingly enough, this bunch was all instructor trainees. I chatted with the head instructor, who told me several had already dropped out, saying, "They didn't realize what they'd gotten themselves into! Herding a raft-full of people who capsized in a class 4 rapid to safety ain't easy!"
He also told me the water was 41 degrees F.
The board at the checkin station showed that the dam was letting out 7900 cubit feet of water per second. By my calculations, that's roughly an Olympic-sized swimming pool every three seconds!
I have got to do this one of these days.
I'll add more to the story later.
I double-dog dare ya!
Nice tag, Squidmark.
Be sure to dine at The Harbor Restaurant in Cheticamp at sunset. You're welcome.
I needed a hike, so the nice lady at the check-in station gave me a handout about Magic Falls. Magic Falls is a major rapid in the Kennebec River Gorge downstream from the dam and a spot apparently well known in the rafting world as a likely place to capsize.
The directions, in typical Mainer lingo, read in part:
"To get to Magic, turn right at the crossroads before the first bridge, there is a small camp at the corner. At 5.6 miles, you pass a bog on your left ... Cross the bridge over Carry Brook, and park off the road near the snowmobile trail sign. Take the trail marked by the snowmobile sign, to the right."
Crossroads before the first bridge???
"Camp?" Only in Maine. Known as a cabin anywhere else.
"Carry Brook?" Not marked.
"Snowmobile sign?" None that I saw.
So if you have the urge to burn off a couple of hours hiking, follow my directions: From Indian Pond, backtrack down the road about 3 miles to Takeout Road (marked, cabin on the corner) and turn right (toward the river, duh). Follow it until you reach the end (a turnaround for the buses picking up rafters from the takeout point there - check it out), turn around yourself and head back. 1/4 mile later, cross a little bridge, and a couple of hundred yards after that, park in the open space on the left where there's a trail going straight back into the woods, paralleling the river:
Walk/hike for about 2 miles / 45 minutes. I saw lots of these:
and lots of (very fresh!) this:
but despite being on the lookout, I never did see any moose on the trail. But you might!
The trail itself had plenty of muddy spots. This one was particularly fun to march through:
(So if you do this, be sure to have good hiking boots with waterproof lowers.)
The trail descends steeply down to the river at the end, where there are some rocks you can stand on and observe the "falls."
(I have some short video of this, but it didn't seem to want to load.)
The larger waves were about ten feet tall between trough and peak. I certainly wouldn't want to do this in a canoe (!) but it might be a blast in a raft!
Another place to visit (and one that requires less effort) is Moxie Falls, a waterfall on the Moxie River that feeds into the Kennebec from Lake Moxie. Go back to Lake Moxie and the paved road and continue back towards The Forks. You'll see a sign on the right for Moxie Falls Scenic Area or something like that. Park and hike down (easy path), about 3/4 mile each way.
You'll see the river coming down to the falls first. In this photo, it looks like a tiny placid burbling stream, but it's a good 100 feet wide:
Moxie Falls itself, slightly further down, looks like this. For scale, note the people standing on a viewing platform in the upper right corner of the picture.
It's "only" a 90-foot drop, but there's a serious amount of water going over it, at least in the spring.
So there you have it.
One last thing.
This is less than an hour's worth of riding up in that area this time of year:
Bring lots of Windex and paper towels!
Well if you put it that way...
More pics and ride report after my shower.
Sooooo...where's the egg going next?
Way to go Gail!!
Thanks to Squidmark for directions even I could follow
I printed all 8 pages...just to be sure.
I was motivated to get this tag for a couple of reasons, other than EC's Double Dog Dare...
I wanted to test/break in my new Corbin (5 stars)
But really, no interest in camping. It was overcast, misty, cool all day in Maine. The Micatechs stayed home...
It felt good to finally have the right bike for the job!
What a relief it was not to get Bruced!!
I had a scare 10 miles from the turn off, when I caught up with an F650!
But s/he went straight when I turned off for Indian Pond
A few quick pics...the Black Flys were thick...
Another stop before I get back on the road...
And there you have it...for now. I have the egg for a week, photo shoot to follow.
Oh let's not forget the rafts...that was some white water!!
I love this picture.
Nice job Gail and like the new GS.
I could see this as another magazine article. Something like mom & daughter deliver the goodies.
btw - How'd the new seat turn out?
What he said.
Oh boy, you didn't tell me there was data on a flash drive!
I updated the spreadsheet, the last couple of tags were missing...and I added a prediction of the future.
I added a tab with some pivot tables to show where the tag has been, when and by whom.
This is a public google document, it should open for you by clicking the link. No account needed.
SRAB, data analyst at large
Smells like Clown...
Buddy & Kitty check it out
Now THAT is cool.
Yea, that was my idea. I thought it would be fun for that little computer geek in all of us. A good way to write a message or include a photo or two. I'm sure the contributions on that thing will get pretty interesting over time.
I hope I get the chance to scoop it up again this year.
B.T.W. - great recent tag. I loved the pictures.
HUH?????? There definately is NOT a computer geek living inside me!!! I can't stand these damn things!!!
(but after raising 2 daughters, it's amazing what I can put up with!!!)
Well... Considering what it took for it to get this far... It'll be years before it gets to the Wet coast where we are.
Packing with Eggy...we're going on a road trip