Section 7: Day 1 Trip day 22 -  Saturday  July 5 2014

29 miles / 46 km   Nulhegan Visitor Center - Groveton

Cold and WINDY


We slept well in the bunkhouse. S . had already departed at 4.30 to go bird counting in the refuge.  We had a few miles of Section 6 to finish up on this morning.

We departed at 7.15 and started a 2 mile downhill portage to the East Nulhegan river.


We paused at the bridge to look at the rapids which have to be portaged but they did look quite inviting.

Route 105 bridge over the Nulhegan


Despite the Nulhegan having plenty of water yesterday, the East Nulhegan was scratchy. A  bump and scrape.

East Nulhegan



East Nulhegan


We were sorry that we had not made it to the Nulhegan campsite the previous night. What a pristine, virginal campsite in a wonderful location. The grass was long and not trampled as if no one had used the site this year. Also the put-in onto the East Nulhegan looked unused.

Put in for the East branch of the Nulhegan



View from Nulhegan campsite


When the Nulhegan and East Nulhegan combined, the water was deep again and we had a pleasurable easy run down to the confluence with the Connecticut.

Nulhegan downstream of East Nulhegan




We got out at the confluence to sign the register and discover that Meghan and Chris had also past by this morning. 6 Sections done, only 7 Sections to go.


We whizzed along the Connecticut which was flowing at a cracking pace.

Connecticut River



Connecticut River


This interlude of downstream paddle finished when we came to the branch to the Upper Ammonnusac. 

We noticed the first signs of a bye-gone era of logging with logs covering the river bottom.


The Normandeau NFCT campsite was buggy, muddy , not level and very unattractive.  The Downhome motel was a much more attractive alternative for the night. Chris and Meghan had also chosen to stay at the motel.

We walked into Groveton, did grocery shopping in town, ate pizza in a simple restaurant.







Back to the Sixties "decor"  



We retired to our motel room to snooze and get some energy for the upstream days to follow.