In March of 2015 I took my kayak out for the first time for the year. I kayaked at least once a month every month through the rest of 2015. I was bale to get out in the water in January and February of 2016, so I ended up kayaking at least once a month through all of 2016. And then I was able to get onto the water in January and February of 2017 as well. I figured I had it made.
Mother Nature had different ideas.
See the photo at the top of the page? This is where I kayak. Do you see water? Neither do I. I see only snow and ice.
It is cold. It is very cold. We occasionally have cold snaps like this in late January. We never have cold snaps like this in December!
So I did not kayak in December. I was here a couple of weeks ago, but there were gale force winds the entire time – kayaking in those winds is not the smartest thing to do when the temperature was hanging just slightly above freezing. I decided to wait.
Oh well, I almost made it. I don’t think I’ll get every month in 2018, either. Oh well….
A day swimming at the beach on Cape Cod… in October?
It is October in New England. Summer is a distant memory. We have chill nights and walks in the woods full of color.
Or that’s the way it is most years.
The colors aren’t’ bright this year and the air is warm.
I did a long paddle on my kayak today, ending at South Village Beach in West Dennis, MA. That is on Cape Cod. The beach is where Swan River meets the Ocean (actually, Nantucket Sound). I started up in Swan Pond.
After getting to the beach, I waded in the water, going deeper and deeper. Finally I dunked my head under. And then I swam for about 5 or 10 minutes. I didn’t have a towel, so I air dried.
Remember, this is October in New England.
OK, I hiked Franconia Ridge last November and swam off of Cape Cod this October. I have kayaked every month (on the Cape) for almost 30 months straight. So what will next year bring? Sun bathing in January?
Weekly Smile #WeeklySmile
There was quite a bit to smile about this week. It was ultra busy, though, so I had little time to think about those smiles. Of course this was also a very strange week, particularly those who read the news and/or follow US politics. Uhm, with all that is happening in the world and all that is happening at work (a huge amount), I have a hard time thinking of my life away from the news or work. So I will pick an easy smile. Continue reading
Weekly Smile #WeeklySmile
This weeks smile reminder is pretty sad because I don’t have a linkup! I will have to have you go back to the original Weekly Smile Week 54 post and add a link. I hope to have a linkup next week!
Today is a travel day. I do have tomorrow off work, but I have a million and one things to do around the house so I have to get there… So I’m going to keep this pretty short.
It is January. On Tuesday it was -4 F (-20 C). It did warm up a bit. When I got down to Cape Cod Wednesday night the brackish water pond was still frozen. As I worked Thursday I kept checking. It was frozen most of the day, but about an hour before I got out it cleared up. So I went cold water kayaking! It was actually a very nice paddle. the sun was setting, which was beautiful. Continue reading
Weekly Smile #WeeklySmile
Yesterday I went out on the kayak. It was cold and windy, but I was dressed for it. In fact, I was a little over dressed and sweated a little. I stayed out about 45 minutes, so not a long paddle, but it was more than just getting in the boat to say I was in it, I actually did paddle. i saw two Great Blue Herons, a family of Mute Swans, a few Cormorants, some Baffle Head Ducks, some Canadian Geese, etc. So there was activity out on Swan Pond. Continue reading
New England has a funny thing that Midwest states don’t, or at least didn’t when I was a kid: Winter Break. Winter Break, aka February Vacation, is a week without school. There is also a Spring/April break. The typical activity for Winter Break is going skiing. The end of February is still the heart of winter here. We’ll, it is most years.
I took two days off of work to spend my Winter Break on Cape Cod. I arrived in the pouring rain, but it was a warm rain. This afternoon the sun came out. The temperature has dropped a little and it is very windy, but I decided to take the kayak out. Amazingly this isn’t the first time this year. I was on the water on New years Day! Continue reading
So I go up this morning and for once there was no snow, rain or drizzle. There was also very little wind. It was a little cooler than it’s been, but not frigid. What would any normal person do on before 8 AM on January 1? Go kayaking, of course!
It was a pretty short paddle. One problem is there were several duck hunters about and I didn’t want to get too close to them. And then it did turn breezy, though still relatively calm. So I was out for maybe 45 minutes. I got back, changed, and wen to the beach for a while to unwind. So now, after all of that, breakfast lunch, several dog walks, etc., it is time to sit for 5 minutes at the computer before I go outside again. Life’s too short to stay indoors!
So today’s smile is about kayaking on January 1st. I’m going to try to get in the water once every month in 2016 but won’t be too disappointed if I don’t – at least I started off right!
The trees at the top of the cliff on the north shore burned with the last golden light ,slowly fading to grey. I was floating on a depthless void, skimming over a transparent silver surface. All was as still and quiet as I’d ever seen it in my life. I noticed a darker shape carving its way through the fragile layer of quick silver, slow approaching me. I stopped paddling. The still became complete, the silence deep.
But not for long.
A haunting cry emerged from the dark shape, a loud sound. Half of a second later it echoed off the near shore then off of the lightly glowing cliffs. Soon the echoes came from the cliffs behind me and then from an island a kilometer away. The echoes re-echoed through the reverberations. Wave upon wave of the haunting call swirled around the lake, now louder, now softer. How long did it last? Was it 15 seconds or 20? Was it an eternity?
As the final reverbs slowly died the call came again, as loud as a trumpet blast, a trumpet from the past.
This was a call from my childhood, a call that haunted my dreams. Continue reading
(Note – I wrote this in July of 2010)
“Smooth as a mill pond.” This is such an apt phrase and one of the things that makes kayaking on Powder Mill Pond so enjoyable. No matter how windy there is never more than just a ripple on the pond. With an average depth of 3 feet it is hard for even chop to develop the way it does on deeper lakes.
Powder Mill Pond is a small (419 acre) lake that straddles the line between Greenfield and Bennington, NH. There are 2 main sections divided by a very low railroad bridge crossing a narrow choke point. The main section is well over a mile long and has large expanses of open shallow water. There are several bays and inlets. The other section, which ends at the dam, is a little less than a mile and is dominated by a large island. Since the highway, Rt. 202, comes down close to the water in this second smaller section, I often just paddle a short way into it, perhaps looping around the island. Continue reading
Go to Google and put in the following search term: Jackson Journey review
Done? Notice anything? One of the top pages is from Trent’s World Blog. Typically it’s been at the number three slot. That’s right, little ole Trent’s World Blog seems to be the authoritative source for information about the Jackson Journey Kayak, thank you very much.
As the weather gets warmer (in theory at least: it was Five below Zero F this morning) Continue reading