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Crooked Creek SRA kayaking

July 18th, 2017

A couple weekends ago, Sarah and I did our longest kayak outing yet: 3.1 miles in about 2 1/2 hours on Lake Monroe. We started at the Crooked Creek SRA boat ramp on Lake Monroe (not to be confused with Crooked Creek Lake, which is nearby). When we put our boats in the water, we were in a shallow, narrow channel, very warm muddy water, a bit gross, really.

Fortunately, that didn’t last long and we followed the channel for a while but it gradually opened up.

Eventually it dumped us out into a bigger section of Lake Monroe.

It was a gorgeous day, and a beautiful section of the lake. We saw several herons and egrets.

A bit further along, I saw something splash down in the water maybe 20 feet ahead of me. I looked up and saw a bald eagle right over my head!

 

I’ve found that while it’s fun to paddle directly across a lake, it’s even better to follow near the shore, as you see more wildlife that way and the scenery changes a bit more.

We saw quite a few of these strange, gelatinous egg sacs (or whatever they are!)

For a while there was a loud motorboat just around the bend and it was pretty loud and distracting. Otherwise, it was an incredibly peaceful outing.

If you go about twice as far as we went, you’ll hit a waterfowl resting area. We didn’t get that close to it, but still saw lots of herons and egrets. Our Eagle friend showed up a couple more times, as well.

All in all, a blissful day on the water!

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Pinegrove Kayaking

July 9th, 2017

Sarah and I enjoyed kayaking so much that we bought kayaks of our own — this means we can go wherever, whenever we want. We didn’t have a good rack immediately, but managed to get the boats to Pinegrove for their inaugural run.

Much of our paddle was in a beautiful wetland area. Lots of very shallow water. Paddling around this quiet lake was extremely peaceful and awe-inspiring. We even saw a bald eagle, maybe our first ever? I can’t remember seeing one before.

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Lake Griffy Kayaking

July 7th, 2017

We loved kayaking at Starve Hollow so much that we came back and went over to Lake Griffy (technically a city park!) and went for a good paddle.

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The boats at Griffy were less stable, and didn’t track as well, as the ones we used at Starve Hollow. They felt a bit tipsy and Sarah was not liking it nearly as much. But, that didn’t really dampen our spirits.

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 It’s exciting to explore familiar areas, from a totally different perspective.

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