FOLIAGE!

After an amazing foliage hike on Saturday, we stayed closer to home, for a Sunday morning paddle at our favorite canoe camping spot…only a day paddle, but we explored an arm of the lake we had yet to paddle, and selected our next camping site ( for next year!).

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The carrying yoke makes a great head rest!

The carrying yoke makes a great head rest!

The colors were brilliant…far brighter than the pics from my little point and shoot can display.

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The loons swam by us, in a pool of color caused by the reflection of shoreline foliage.  The water was calm and mirrored the colors, and the bright blue cloudless sky. It really does not get any better than this!

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Catch a vista of maples in that long light and you see Autumn glowing through the leaves…. The promise of gold and crimson is there among the branches, though as yet it is achieved on only a stray branch, an impatient limb or an occasional small tree which has not yet learned to time its changes. ~Hal Borland

Yes, fall is upon us. On a windy, cool paddle, in a lovely lake with multiple islands, we feel the inevitable change, and so do the dogs. They are alert and enjoy the cool wind blowing their ears. The loon’s white chest is clearly seen above the chop, the trees are showing the inevitable reds and yellows, and this often busy lake is deserted….on a weekend morning!

 

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A Celebration….20 paddle days so far this season!

In celebration of our 20th day out in the canoe(s), we post a short video of this morning’s paddle. Accompanied by Gram, we had a lovely paddle in quiet, peaceful waters. A stop for coffee was delightful, the sun warming us , and the clouds passing in a mosaic of white. It is amazing how far Edgar has come since May….today, we were startled by 2 dogs running down a trail and into the water, a mere 20 feet from our canoe. A few months ago, we would have been “in the drink”, and Edgar would have been happily swimming off with his new found K9 buddies. Not today…Edgar and Griff were alert and interested, but they stayed seated calmly, to our grateful praise.

The season will end in about a month; we are hoping for some warm, clear, brilliant foliage paddles to wrap up a wonderful canoe season.

 

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Early Fall Camping…Cool , Grey, and Very Peaceful

Out we went, skies heavily overcast, and light rain in the air. That’s not about to stop us..and the forecast was for clearing skis overnight, and a sunny next day.  Well, we never did see the sun, but the rain never interfered with our activities, and the new boat was wonderful!

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The loaded boat handled very well; nice and stable, even as we paddled nearly 2 miles in choppy water. I tried to ignore the small whitecaps, and focus on our destination…one of the campsites farthest from the ranger station. We found it, in a protected area, where winds were calm, and the birds were active.  The campsite has a rather precarious take-out area, but we managed fine, and the dogs quickly ran up the trail to the tent site.

ImageWe utilized a new large dry sack for 4 sleeping bags and other soft gear. However, we failed to adequately “keep our powder dry”,and our fire making materials got a bit damp. At least we did not need a fire for cooking; our trusty Jet Boil, and some Mountain House fajitas , provided us with a warm repast. 

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The dogs were anxious to hit the sack, so we turned in early…during the night, the wind began to get quite blustery, bringing in some more showers. Thankfully, the temperature never dipped below 45f. The dogs were up an raring to go at 6:15, so after breakfast, we headed out to explore Heron Bay. This portion of the reservoir is off limits until August, as it is a breeding area for herons and other birds. There is a very short portage to get into the bay ( a short kayaker could probably get under the bridge that separates the bay from the rest of the water), so we got more practice landing the new boat. In the bay, we followed the serpentine channel that was NOT covered in lillies and weeds. There is a man-made heron nest, and heron-made nests in this area. I did see one large Great Blue Heron come in for a landing in some marshes. The morning was grey, but that highlighted the fact that bursts of fall color are starting to show up on the banks and hillsides. Our next scheduled overnight is at the height of foliage..rain, please stay away!

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After our trip to the bay, we returned to the campsite, and packed up for the hour long paddle back to the ranger station area. Once again, the loons were following us, and a heron flew right in front of us, on his way to a smooth landing on an island. The chorus line of Canada Geese stood on a rocky island, voicing their displeasure at our passing.

We disembarked, just as the wind and currents were noticeably more present; a nice kayaker and his wife assisted us at the shore, stabilizing the boat as the dogs leaped out. After loading up the gear, and securing the canoe on the roof, we headed home…a short stop an an unnamed fast food restaurant for hot coffee finished off the trip. And no…we did not make the fatal flaw of driving through the drive-thru, with our top loaded canoe!

 

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