When I got off the river Tuesday, a few miles below Rome, the river stage was at 20′. It looked like it might drop back down to a manageable level by Saturday or Sunday, but that clearly is not the case. I’ve about had all the sitting around a hotel that I can stand, so I am launching this morning right at the confluence of the Etowah and Oostanaula Rivers, where the Coosa begins. Almost all of these flood waters are coming from the Oostanaula, so paddling up the Etowah should be relatively straightforward. I did some scouting of the river yesterday, and it’s looking good. On the other hand, here’s the Coosa gage at Rome this morning. Note that 20′ was right at my limits to paddle up and, in retrospect, was more dangerous than I care to tackle again.