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The little river is shallow and clean; as we paddle into its water, barely deep enough for the 'yaks, I'm startled by the passage of a sizable school of small fish, darkish gray/brown with stripes. Jon thinks they are river perch; we can actually hear their passage beneath the kayak hulls, a strange rattling sound like the takeoff of a flock of water birds, or distant applause. Jon decides that the river is worth bathing in; I think it's just a bit too cold, so I go off exploring while he takes a splash-bath in the shallows.
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