JRBF – Sunday June 17th to Monday June 18th, 2018, Camp Monican II campsite to Bent Creek.

Batteau, Bent Creek Site of the JRBF, Galt's Mill site of the JRBF
[ngg_images source="galleries" container_ids="142" display_type="photocrati-nextgen_pro_horizontal_filmstrip" image_crop="0" image_pan="1" show_playback_controls="1" show_captions="0" caption_class="caption_overlay_bottom" caption_height="70" aspect_ratio="1.5" width="100" width_unit="%" transition="fade" transition_speed="1" slideshow_speed="5" border_size="0" border_color="#ffffff" override_thumbnail_settings="0" thumbnail_width="100" thumbnail_height="75" thumbnail_crop="1" ngg_triggers_display="always" is_ecommerce_enabled="0" order_by="sortorder" order_direction="ASC" returns="included" maximum_entity_count="500"] Father's Day, Sunday June 18th, 2018, was a beautiful day on the river. The JRBF camped in Galt's Mill on Saturday night. David Haney, Site Manager, said everything went real good and it was a pretty quiet night. Having worked 3rd shift near Lynchburg, a private put-in at Greif Brother's mill (near Christian's Island on the James) was really great. The plan was to catch up to the batteaux and take photos at places like Higgenbothom Falls. After shuttling to the Bent Creek Boat Ramp, Dr. William E. Trout, III drove me back to the canoe at Camp Monican II Boy Scout…
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Galt’s Mill Site – Sunday Morning – June 18, 2017.

Batteau, Galt's Mill site of the JRBF, Ned Nelson
[ngg_images source="galleries" container_ids="132" display_type="photocrati-nextgen_pro_horizontal_filmstrip" image_crop="0" image_pan="1" show_playback_controls="1" show_captions="0" caption_class="caption_overlay_bottom" caption_height="70" aspect_ratio="1.5" width="100" width_unit="%" transition="fade" transition_speed="1" slideshow_speed="5" border_size="0" border_color="#ffffff" override_thumbnail_settings="0" thumbnail_width="100" thumbnail_height="75" thumbnail_crop="1" ngg_triggers_display="always" is_ecommerce_enabled="0" order_by="filename" order_direction="ASC" returns="included" maximum_entity_count="500"] Arriving at the Galt's Mill site of the James River Batteau Festival a little before 7:00 AM, I saw the sun rising almost over the mountain in the distance. The campsite was busy with people getting ready for the day. Once again the Amelon United Methodist Church prepared pancakes and sausage for breakfast and I ate there visiting with Ralph Smith and some of his crew. The news of the morning was that our friend Clay Atkins had broken his wrist the evening before. Details were hard to get, however, it appears that somehow he fell near the campsite against a gunwale…
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JRBF-2016 Galt’s Mill to Bent Creek

Batteau, Bent Creek Site of the JRBF, Galt's Mill site of the JRBF
Galt's Mill was beautiful when I arrived Sunday Morning. The sun was out and the air was clear and cool. Some people said that they got cold during the night and that there was a big fog earlier. The batteaux were getting ready to go and several Boy Scout troops had their canoes packed and ready to go down the river. I shuttled to Bent Creek and launched at the Greif Brother's mill (With permission and signed waiver forms). Getting ahead of the batteaux let my friend Doug Berry and I take photos from Higgenbothom Falls. Finally about 4:00 we decided we needed to leave Higgenbothom in order to get to camp and get set up. Several batteaux came through after I already had the camera packed in the waterproof…
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Galt’s Mill – Sunday AM – Batteaux doing fine!

Batteau, Galt's Mill site of the JRBF
[nggallery id=29] Everyone was doing good at Galt's Mill this morning. The sun was shining, the water was clearing up, a great level and it just doesn't get much better than that. Had a good visit on board the Debbie with Isasc and the crew. They were cooking up some coffee over a hearth on the boat. The Rosa Lee batteau was looking outstanding. Very good on the authenticity! Shirley Snidow was getting back at me fussing about how I got them on Friday! I had thought they didn't fall for my joke but omg they did. I forgot about the blonde tendancy's on that boat....lol...j/k. On Friday I called Lisa and was pretending to be serious and asked if the boat was supposed to be up to the gunnwale…
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Galt’s Mill – Saturday Evening

Batteau, Galt's Mill site of the JRBF
[nggallery id=28] The campsite at Galt's Mill was stretched down along the river between the river and the corn again this year, except the corn wasn't as tall as last year yet. The bank was muddy and Lisa B. was happy to tell the story about someone we won't mention whose last name might be Haney and something about loosing a sweep lock and a broken sweep ......not sure exactly the whole story, it's all hearsay. The Amelon United Methodist Church put on a good bbq dinner under the tent again this year. It's always good to see this group as they have done this for as many years as I can remember. Some of the old timers played music beside the tent and this year they had a small…
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