Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Arkansas River Trip -- Notes About the Trip

These are things we used many times, every day, on the trip:

Our friends, Stan & Bride, gave us this great set of binoculars as a wedding gift. They were invaluable for checking mile markers, searching out anchorage coves, eagle watching, checking to see which direction a tug was headed, etc.

We referred to this cruising guide daily. Not only does it have information about possible anchorage and details about side trips, it gives all the historical information about the area you are going through.
Arkansas River Cruise Guide, A Wilderness Adventure
by Bruce and Joyce Johnson
ISBN: 0-9651508-0-1
Contact: Paradox Press, 1220 S. Norwood, Tulsa, OK 74112 {918-243-7751}

This is a picture of our chart book. It is available online from the Corp of Engineers. I printed out all the charts on 11 X 17 paper and put them in a notebook. Yes, those are onions hanging to the right in the picture.

1. NOAA doesn't lie.
2. Keep clean set of going to shore clothes set aside for onshore visits.
3. Lighters always break, have spares and matches. (I did.)
4. Bring Frontline flea and tick preventative for dogs. Major got ticks every time he went ashore.
5. We used about 1-1/2 gallons of water per day. We washed dishes with river water.

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