A Sticky Situation at the Monastery

Monastery Falls (also known as Novitiate) on Wisconsin’s Red River cascades ten feet in elevation over a distance of 200 feet. The second drop can sometimes be sticky. Some say sucky. Before launching last evening with the Tuesday evening regulars from NEWP, I handed my video camera to Angela to capture some of the fun.

On my first run I made it past the sticky part but then overturned in the subsequent froth and traversed up-side-down for a bit, rolling up on my second try. By the way, my second run went much better. I managed to remain upright. There’s no video of that, however.

If you’re wondering what that ghostly looking building is in the background, it’s an abandoned mansion that was a monastery for many years. Hence the name of the nearby falls. The history of the building includes a 1975 incident in which a group of armed Native Americans seized the property and occupied it for more than a month in a standoff with the Wisconsin National Guard. Read the fascinating story here.

The satellite view of Monastery Falls shows its proximity to the monastery. Google labeled it Freeman Falls for some reason known only to them.

The satellite view of Monastery Falls shows its proximity to the monastery. Google labels it “Freeman Falls” for some reason known only to them.

Strava data of the 4-19-2016 paddle

Xensr track of the 4-19-2016 paddle

That's me showing off the wrong side of my boat.

Here I am showing off the wrong side of the boat.

UPDATE:

Here’s a more recent video. Further evidence of the stickiness of that drop at certain levels.

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