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Pinegrove Kayaking — again!

Thursday, July 27th, 2017

We went for another evening paddle, this time at Pinegrove, which was a return trip to the first place we took our kayaks. We were able to explore more of that area.

Before long, we saw herons. We kept hearing sudden, loud splashes around us. I’m not sure what made those sounds, but they surprised us!

We found a large beaver dam. We didn’t see any beavers, but we could hear them inside, chewing on the wood. Incredible!

We ended up having to portage at one point. It was a very narrow stretch of gravel. That’s the first time we’ve done that.

We headed back. We knew it was going to get pretty dark again by the time we got back.

Once we got back in the water, we were passed by a guy in a kayak, and talked to him for a few minutes. He continued on. We saw, a few times, deer splashing around in a very shallow section of the lake! I don’t have a good picture of that.


Unfortunately, we had another first: I got stuck in shallow mud! I thought I could paddle across to Sarah, but got caught in the mud and I figured it wouldn’t be too far to get through. I severely underestimated. I ended up getting out of the kayak and pushing it a ways, then getting back in. This worked out OK, but I was pretty beat at this point.

Another gorgeous evening on the water, and a little more adventure this time …



Yellowwood Lake Kayaking

Tuesday, July 25th, 2017

We decided to try kayaking out at Yellowwood Lake, one of our favorite local lakes, which we had never seen from a boat.

Due to the heat, we waited until evening to go, and a gorgeous evening it was.

We went and explored a narrow inlet for a bit …

… before heading out on to the more open part of the lake.

The insect and frog sounds were amazing, and we saw several turtles swimming just below the surface of the water … and a few basking above the water.

Gradually, the sun set as we made our way around the lake …

… until it was nearly completely dark. It was quite dark by the time we returned to the boat dock where we’d started, a beautiful end to a beautiful evening.


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Crooked Creek SRA kayaking

Tuesday, 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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