Several of us had to work the next day, as it was a Sunday, so it was decided we should begin to head back to the boat launch, which was roughly 20 miles downstream. I attempted to start the engine, and it turned over, acting like it wanted to start but couldn’t quite get going. I was puzzled because we had used little of the boat’s battery while out on the water. Before too long, we found ourselves paddling the boat out of the cove and into the main channel, hoping to run across another boat that could give us a jump-start. We waited for what felt like hours, but there were no other boats to be found that late in the day.