Day 52: Toasty day
I took off this morning with the weather expected to be quite hot. The heat index was well over 100, but I figured I would be on the water. It could not be that bad, right? I launched and was halfway down my first slough. I realized I lost my belt that I left on the top deck. I saw this flat boat heading at me upstream. I flagged him down and asked if he was going back towards Camanche. He said he was and I asked if I could hold on to get back to my camp site. I was hoping my belt would still be there. My pants that were snug before I left on this journey are now falling off without a belt. While this has fun possibilities, I wanted to get my belt. I went back and I did not see it. I must have lost it the day before when I was pulling out my radio near the lock. Oh well. I will get another one sometime soon.
The day was toasty as I worked my way through the sloughs to Princeton. I was going to stay with Andy and Liz one more time before heading to Davenport. I arrived in town and stopped by Go Fish, a bar on the water. I grabbed a bite to eat and waited for Andy to get off work. I was getting ready to move my boat down to a house where I would keep it for the night. Andy showed up and said hi. I paddled down to the house where Andy met me. I unloaded the boat and pulled my laundry. I was due for a wash. We got back to their place where I hung out with him and his kids for the evening. I worked to upload a lot of images. I finished up the shots that I captured of their kids and uploaded them to my website for them. It is a way to say thank you for all their kindness and hostility. I talked with a news director in Davenport. He asked if I would like to do a news story with them. We planned on doing the next day and were working out the details. It would be my first interview for this trip. After that, the night wound down quickly. I showered and called it a day. It was nice to have clean clothes and relax my hands a bit. It was another good day.