Greetings and welcome!
I have about 100 things to do today and my update here will be first so that it doesn’t get missed.
This weekend is a big one for me with Pesh-Fest coming up at Kosir’s. There are a lot of people coming to play in the whitewater, enjoy the music and food, and there will be some vendors too. I will be there with my flashlights, and I know of at least one other person setting up shop.
The river is the highest that it has been on this date in the 18 year history of the USGS gauge. My guess is that it is about +29 or +30″ right now. This picture was done at a similar level about 4 or 5 years ago taken at First Drop. It is a 16′ raft with 13 people in it. There are going to be some epic flips, crashes and disappearing acts this weekend.
The high water should make the PeshFest downriver race interesting too. Those that can keep from swimming should flush down in 45 minutes or less.
If you are into whitewater to feed the adrenaline rat this would be an excellent weekend to go for a paddle.
We had a lot of rain this week. According to the USGS gauge by Kosir’s, we have had just over 3″ of rain in the last 8 days. My gravel driveway is again muddy like it is frost-out time, but it is just from all of the rain.
Yesterday’s storm had the radar dark green all day, except for where it was pink or white from the snow or snow mix. We had snow here in the afternoon, but it did not accumulate other than on cold surfaces. Some areas to our northwest had white ground and accumulating snow. It got below freezing last night and iced it all up, but sunrise fixed that.
One of the storms hit Oconto Co and the Lakewood area with probably 2″ more rain than we had. That is going to make the ATV trails very interesting. When I was in Lakewood and Townsend this week there were some big washouts and huge puddles on the ATV trails. Some of us would find blasting through a 40′ long 2′ deep puddle or some rugged terrain quite attractive. The clubs on the other hand really have their work cut out for them.
Spring is progressing a little ahead of schedule. The maples are dropping their little red flowers. The grass is growing and will need to get its first cut in a week or so. The birch trees are starting to get their catkins, and some trees are unfolding first leaves. I usually figure May 10-May 15 for the big green-up, this year we are a little ahead of that.
People camping this weekend will want to bring their warm gear. We have been down in the upper 20s and low 30s the past few nights. The weekend forecast is a little better with NWS predicting lows of 28 tonight and 34 Saturday night. Saturday looks nice with a sunny day and a high of 52. Saturday night (20% chance) into Sunday morning (50% chance) another system will bring us rain and snow. That storm will rain on us right through Monday or Monday night, so Sunday is looking soggy.
A passing thought this week was that maybe I should stock up on Repel the next time that I hit WalMart. With all of this rain I would expect a bumper crop of mosquitoes for May. I hope to spend a lot of time outside in May, it it will be good to be prepared.
Well the clock says that I need to be about 4 things farther down my list than I am, so I had best get to work. Have a great weekend and thank you for visiting!