I finally decided to get the boat into the water even considering that my arm is still bothering me. I've been waiting to allow it to get better as I didn't want to get stuck out on a lake somewhere on my own and not be able to paddle back - or have troubles getting the kayak back on the Jeep.
I worked today but I brought the kayak so I could go out between flights. I 'thought' I was going to Wabigoon River (west of Dryden), but I ended up on Nugget Creek (east of Dryden, but located at Wabigoon - so you can see just how easy it was to make that mistake!). Bad thing was - I told people I was going on the Wabigoon River if I didn't make it back by 11am so I would have been hooped if I got into trouble!
When I arrived, the water was as calm as it could be. I got lucky on my timing, I saw some trains go by and due to the calm water, I got some really nice photos of the trains with their reflections.
As it turns out, this creek is no longer navigable by boat about a mile and a half up the creek. At that point it turns in to rapids (well, depending on the amount of water at any given time). I have no idea what is above that spot as there was a house there (another surprise to me) so I turned around and headed back to the dock.
Half way back to the dock the wind picked up which was not too bad at first but it would get a little stronger depending on what part of the creek I was on (depending on how open I was to the wind). All in all, it was a good paddle. My arm did not bother me at all, I got some nice photos, and I got out of work for a couple hours :)
Ghost Lake - November 3rd, 2008
Packed up the boat and headed for the lake after dinner. Seems I forgot about the time change and what time the sun went down - I had to really move to get to the lake in time to get some paddling in.
Turns out the lake was much windier than it was in town. I did bring my camera but I didn't think I would be able to get any decent shots in with the heavy waves and the diminishing light.
I did go out for a real quick and apparently very short paddle. I didn't keep track of how much time I was on the lake but it wasn't much - the wind and waves were just too much so I packed it in early and headed home.
I didn't spend much time on the lake, but I can still say I went kayaking in November!
© 2008 Derek Kennedy