A Journey Down Indiana’s White River in June 2011

This June, Harold Murphy flew to Indianapolis, paddled down the West Fork of the White River to Maysville, hitched a ride to Vincinnes, and hopped a bus home. In all, Harold paddled 135 river miles, exiting the river a bit earlier than he had expected due to flood warnings. He traveled with clothes, food, water, and his Innova Safari.

“Ahhh, the beauty of the White River. There was more solitude on the White River than civilization. Within 2-3 hours of leaving the center of Indianapolis, I entered into remote areas with beautiful rolling hills and farmland. Since the White River often goes over its banks, there were very few houses near to the river. Camping was easy and safe. There were three small (but still dangerous!) dams that were easy enough to portage around. Drinking water was a bit of a problem (I found only one fresh spring in 135 miles, but there were a few small towns and cities where I could fill up).

“The river speed was a fairly consistent 2-3 mph, at times 4 mph. No rapids, but a lot of debris in the water (the result of earlier floods).

“A few days into the White River trip, there was heavy rain in Indianapolis and points North. I was perhaps 50-80 miles below Indianapolis and that high water “followed” me. While it posed no real danger, I made sure to camp 8-10 feet above the river. As I approached Maysville, the forecast was for the White River to rise another 3-4 feet and flood the low farmlands. This didn’t present a danger, but it would have made it difficult for me to find suitable campsites and provisions. I decided to end my journey there.”

If you want to find out more about navigating the White River, author and riverlorian, Jerry Hay, has put together a White River Guidebook.

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Glenn Canyon Summer 2011

This looks like quite a trip. Perfect for an Innova inflatable boat.
Owners of Innova Inflatable Kayaks have one thing in common – they like to travel with their boats. The photo above was taken in Glenn Canyon this summer. It looks like they’ve packed enough gear to stay a while. Where are you going in your Innova kayak? Let us know!

Paddling the British Virgin Islands

This summer Everyone’s Travel Club visited the British Virgin Islands. They went kayaking, snorkeling, and exploring around the Islands.

From their blog:

I arrived on the island (Eastern Standard Time) at 2 in the afternoon with two pretty big bags (full of kayaking gear…and inflatable kayak). I woke the next morning and made it down to the ferry dock (Speedy’s). My ferry left St. Thomas, a U.S. Virgin Island, to Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Islands. It took only a couple of hours and there were other Virgin Islands in view the whole way. On the boat ride I filled out my customs form (using the captain’s pen…the one piece of gear I didn’t bring) and turned it in upon arrival at Virgin Gorda. The kayak in my carry-on made it into the country just fine.

Snorkeling at Little Trunk Bay, Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands

Kayaking the North Sound, Virgin Gorda, BVI

Kayaking from The Baths, Virgin Gorda to the island of Fallen Jerusalem Island

Virgin Gorda B.V.I. – Kayaking at Savannah Bay

The Mighty Mississippi from Burlington, Iowa to St. Louis, Missouri…in an Innova Safari inflatable kayak

In September 2009 Harold Murphy kayaked down the Mississippi River from Burlington, Iowa to St. Louis Missouri. He spent 10 days aboard his Innova Safari, pulling alongside the river each night to set up a tent or a hammock and sleep. He packed everything he needed onto his inflatable kayak and set out to explore the waters of the mighty Mississippi.

In Harolds own words: “Most people look at the Mississippi River as too large, too many boats, too many cities, and little beauty or remoteness. I think people would be surprised as to how beautiful and remote the Mississippi River can be.”

Following are a series of photos following Harold Murphy’s kayak adventure. We’ve published his entire trip (in higher resolution and with captions) on Picasaweb: http://picasaweb.google.com/innovakayak