Expedition Team: Dave Miller, Rosie Miller, Jacque Kelly Expedition Date: July 2017
We kayaked 2 miles north from the Moraine East River Landing and then back. Paddling up a side creek just north of the dock he encountered a mother duck and ten babies. Further along the creek just before reaching the bike trail bridge, Dave photographed a large frog on the bank.
Expedition Team: Rosie Miller, Jacque Kelly, Dave Miller, Nick Kelly
Expedition Date: August 2018
Nick joined the three of us for our second PaddleFest adventure, the nations largest paddling celebration. We were part of over 1,700 kayaks and canoes that participated. We paddled 10 miles beginning in eastern Cincinnati and ended four miles west of the Cincinnati Reds Stadium on the Ohio River. Weather was perfect. For safety, all river traffic (barges, steamboats and powerboats) were not permitted on the river for five hours. We passed singers, musicians and a Johnny Depp Pirate look-a-like on entertainment yachts, passed the Cincinnati Reds & Bengals stadiums and under several bridges. The William S. Mitchell, aka the “Death Dredge” or “USS Nightmare”, was anchored across from the starting point. Built in 1934, during the history of the boat, 112 crewmembers died.
Expedition Team: Dave Miller, Rosie Miller Expedition Date: June 2017
A beautiful day on the Great Miami River. We put in just south of Carillon Park and paddled downstream several miles to the Moraine East River Landing where we had a second car parked. Along the way Dave caught three small turtles at three different locations. We brought them home and showed Breanna when she came over to the house. The next day Dave released the turtles at their new home at Deer Meadow Park.
Expedition Team: Jacque Kelly, Nick Kelly, Dave Miller, Rosie Miller
Expedition Date: August 2017
Many of you have visited the history & the mystery of this castle. We first saw “Chateau Laroche” as we kayaked down the scenic Little Miami River. Instead of bringing our own we rented kayaks at Loveland Canoe & Kayak. We began eight miles upriver from Loveland and kayaked on a beautiful summer day. After a couple of hours we saw a portion of a medieval castle semi-hidden by the trees. We kayaked over to the bank and hopped out.
There it was this stone replica of a tenth-century Norman-style European Castle. World War I survivor Harry Andrews (who had an IQ of 189) began building the castle in 1929 and almost single-handedly completed 99% of the castle when he died in 1981 at age 91. He started the Knights of the Golden Trail, a sort of boy scout/Sunday school class. Teaching young men to live by good ethics, morals & the Ten Commandments, the Knights are caretakers of the castle today.
Andrews built the castle using 56,000 loads of rocks in five gallon pails taken from the Little Miami River and 32,000 buckets of concrete. Harry lived in the castle, working on it daily until he died. The quaint old castle definitely alludes European charm. There are several paranormal claims associated with the castle so see our investigation writeup (under the Paranormal category) that we did two months later.
After a brief stop at the castle, we ate some cliff bars and hoped back into kayaks to finish our journey.