Jennifer and I did another 6:30 am paddle. It really is my favourite time of the day for kayaking. The water is calm and usually lots of wildlife to observe.
It's a pretty lake with no cottages. Unfortunately, locals do lots of camping here with no respect for the enviroment. They leave tarps flapping in the wind; garbage (read: lots of beer cans) lying in the firepits and broken lawn chairs strewn about the campsite. How much effort would it take to throw your garbage in a bag and take it home every time. Too much work for a hangover?!
I really have to make an effort to balance out my activities, meaning do at least a little more biking or strength...(not so much upper body now).
I wanted to get an extra lake in this week because I'm heading to Bradford today for another Cortizone shot that may come with the order to lie low for a week or so. Hopefully not, fingers crossed.
Emily was supposed to join me today but she canceled due to a problem with her back. Luckily Katie was dying to try out her brand new kayak and we headed up to Clear lake road. We didn't really want to put in at the campground so we traveled further on Gullwing road and found a somewhat tricky place to start. ( we should have traveled a little further where we took out which was a much more accessible spot).
Larry had told me that we'd have to follow the shoreline and really scout for the opening to Echo, but that a little river would be there. I guess the Beavers found that little river as well, so we had to get out and portage that cleverly crafted dam.
Both Gullwing and especially Echo are mostly uninhabited lakes. We saw less than 10 cottages where we paddled. Very serene. The suncame out and eventhough it was fairly windy, it turned out to be a great day.
Buckwallow!! Yeah! First time today. I have to say that maybe road biking has made me a bit of a baby. I was a little too careful (read scared) which resulted in a couple of spills. Better stick with it.