Friday, November 21, 2008

The View From the Canoe

Day 1 - As things stand

The lake temperature is in the lower 50's. The lake level has been dropped two feet to make room for winter rains, so some of the marsh passages are just barely deep enough to pass through. The lily pads have died back, the algae and milfoil have dropped from view. The motorboats have gone away for winter, so no more bouncing off wake echos in the cut, and no more near misses by idiots in $1,000,000 floating RV's. The ducks are in the best colors now. The buffleheads have returned from the arctic. The widgeons are back, gathered in their nervous flocks. But, the hooded mergansers and wood ducks steal the prize for decorations (at least until I get a chance to look on the salt water). As usual, there are always belted kingfishers and blue herons.

Today it was just a nice day to paddle around the bay before the rain and wind start. I spotted some more flotation foam (it's used for floating docks), but I'll retrieve that later as I have already filled up the easily available garbage cans with 3 canoe-fulls of the junk. My other big find in the junk department is tennis balls, aka dog toys. They're not biodegradable...

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