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Years ago I went on a canoe trip down the Upper Iowa river. At one point, the river had narrowed quite a bit and we were going through a place with high limestone cliffs on both sides when all of a sudden the river took a sharp 90 degree turn to the left. Right in the middle of the turn was a VERY active whirlpool!The river was probably about 15 feet wide at that point, and the whirlpool's vortex was about 10 feet in diameter (about the same as the length of our canoe) with a depth of 2-3 feet.Thinking fast, we picked up our speed as we approached it and used the outer edge of the vortex as a banked curve.Had we gone straight through the middle, I don't if we'd have made it through. Its quit possible we'd have capsized if the front end of the canoe had dipped into the depression and got caught up in the swirl. It was fun being able to skirt our way through it like we did, but it was also scary, and probably quite dangerous.You can chalk that one up as a definite rush! :-)
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