So Now, here for my vacation, first day out spent all day
and I am still suffering for it. Use YOUR Sunscreen
Well, my favorite Cottage... surrounded by water and right in front of the put-in for my kayak, next to a fishing dock. Yep, paradise for me... Now if I could just recreate this for my true retirement.....?
Or just visit paradise
A new fisherman, I haven't seen before.
You can see it was really windy today, so there was a strong current and big waves-good workout.
I changed cottages and today I am in the Purple cottage. I can walk off the porch and sit in the swings if I want to. The view is still pretty terrific.
I took my usual trip from the Bungalows up Turville Creek to the end.
The fish are amazing at the circle where there is an overpass - they just jump out of the water.
Pulled in Late.... Took this pic of the beautiful view from my bungalow
So the second day, I got my act together early, filled my coffee flask and off I went in my kayak.
Can you see why I love this place. Perfect kayaking. Every year I have to check out the nesting birds...
There is momma bird feeding the youngn's
One year the little ones got old enough to leave the nest and that was fun to watch with their parent coaches.
Then there are the heron watching me watch them!
The usual Dock Guardians were on their posts sending the message up Turville Creek to say I was on my way to interrupting any of their fishing...
My feet are propped up for rest and rehabilitation from work.... the birds are singing and all is well in the land of kayaking.
A gaggle of geese.
It was a gorgeous day, I spent from early am around 7 to 2 and today I am very very red... I had a T shirt over a tank over a suit, but my front was exposed and my upper arms, and hand definitely burned.... slept for a while, and now today I am going out later so I will be coming back in the evening. The view from the porch is very tranquil and I drank a pot of coffee just enjoying the quiet and nature.
So I sent an email to The Sea Eagle People. They were so kind as to help me out with my 330, which you know I have run ragged and it has been more places than my 380x, they were so kind as to patch the bottom of my 380x and it worked as good as new today.
It did not sink or anything, but there was water coming in under the floor of the bottom insert.
I like to go out to eat after kayaking and it just was not making me happy.
The Sea Eagle Customer service rep came to the conclusion that the cement boat ramp at the Black Hills Lake was making the holes in my kayak bottom and that I need to use the soft launch... so I will see if I can oblige...
Today I used the soft launch at Clopper lake. I was dry as could be after I got out, so I was much happier today..
She looks good doesn't she... and then I loaded her up.
What is all that stuff you wonder?
** Life Jacket /**Beach Towels / ** rescue cushion w handles/
** Seat of course / ** paddle / ** Cooler chest / ** tubes for rods, and monopod / anchor for reading or fishing/ roping for when a wind comes up and you don't want to get too far to paddle against the current coming back in = rope a tree or a stump or a rock...
fishing bag for getting serious when the fish jump and tease you!
Water for hydrating... cameras, so when the big pic comes you don't have a battery die and can just grab another camera....
Bungee cords to hook your paddle in so you don't loose it when you are paddling around...
LOOK! I have used all these things at one time or another... I have not used the whistle for help or the compass to get back from somewhere...
The paddle was good
The current was strong, but not too strong for my favorite cormorant or Phalacrocoracidae as the scientific name is....
I went to his usual calling spot and then I saw him in a tree
So I paddled over and got a closer look
Yep, it was him, soon I will have to name him..
I followed him around for a while, not easy with the current and the wind...
It was a beautiful day!
I passed a few turtles.... They agreed it was beautiful!
Then I passed some more turtles!
THEN... I saw our friend had found a friend and I stopped bothering him... I guess his gulping paid off.... Strange sounding bird and he does look prehistoric.
He Gulps.... one gulp loudly while he is outstretched...
He just stands frozen like this until he gets the results from his gulping..... I find him fascinating!
Not really rare in this area, but I never saw this before....
Then again... I never saw this
And after I saw a heron do this in Berlin, MD, I find this guy at
Clopper lake and when I kayaked near him he started doing the same thing!....
and so it is!
and out we go!
Another beautiful day ends at Clopper Lake!
and what does the certified kayaker wear to dinner?
Yep, that is my 380x in action on my shirt
Yep, coffee in the morning and coffee... after I get back... sometimes coffee in a thermos when I am yakin'!!!
When I saw this bird... I thought he must have had something to be able to stand on one leg at the top of that high tree.... COFFEE???!!