Friday, August 17, 2012

Getting It Right

Leaving before the Pres was up, this time I remembered to eat breakfast and so I arrived at Mansfield Hollow in record time.  It's only 6.5 miles from the house and it was going to be a beautiful day...sunny, low 80's, low humidity and very little wind (all things I take into consideration when kayaking).


Chatting with a Grandfather and his grand children, he told me to hug the shore, pass through the cove and find the entrance to the river.  Assuring me it was not going to be "white water, " they gave me quite a send~off, wishing me well and reassuring me that the water would be extremely shallow and to "stay in the middle."

As you can by the picture above, paddling the lake itself was as smooth as glass and the cove he spoke of was just as calm and serene.


Rounding the corner (where the tall reed~like grass is beneath the shoreline with the dead trees) in the photo above and seeing the fallen tree (in the photo below), I 
said, "Oh this is beautiful" aloud.  
Little did I know that there was an elderly couple making their return trip that were within hearing distance!  The man said, "Keep going until you can go no further.  Stay in the middle.  You'll see all kinds of critters."



And I did.


It was another day of exploration for me.  And yes, I took more pictures which you'll see soon but for now, what you need to know as I bring this post to a close is:


My set of wheels is making it up and down the gravel nicely.
Now I don't have to carry the kayak after three hours of paddling! 
 It just took the ingenuity of a total stranger...
a kayaking grandfather...
who told me how to get it right

9 comments:

val's alentejo blogspot.com said...

You are truly becoming a professional JP:
Some great photos of the lake and the fish.
Nice that the elderly man helped you.
It looks a beautiful spot.
happy weekend
val

laura.forestdreams:) said...

aaaaah, peaceful...beautiful area...calm waters...perfect for kayaking! it's great that you got into doing this! have a nice weekend jp!!

gld said...

Beautiful country! Early mornings are the best for everything.

Inger said...

This sounds and looks like the very best thing you could have done for yourself, taking up kayaking. I feel so peaceful after reading this. Thanks.

TexWisGirl said...

just awesome!

Ann said...

It sounds like another amazingly wonderful day of kayaking. You are meeting so many nice and helpful people along the way too

Pam Lofton said...

I'm so jealous! Come get me- I wanna go kayaking! LOL So beautiful! Can't wait to see more!

Chatty Crone said...

Those are some beautiful photos - you live in a beautiful area too. sandie

mshatch said...

I love when the water looks like glass. Great pics.

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