Friday, June 14, 2013
So, we got in our kayaks and paddled out of the inlet and into the bay, and we were met with big swells. Now winds were supposed to be diminishing, so we thought we might be okay. We set out across the bay and the rollers started white capping, and surged to three feet. We were running parallel to the swells, so it got a little dicey. My brother, Jeremy, made the executive decision to turn back and go up the Cattaragus instead. He figured that since neither of us has rough water rescue training, that we were better off going on flatter water. So we headed back toward the breakwall. Getting back was very exciting. Lots of white capping and the swells were increasing. I was having a blast! Like I told my brother later... sometimes I have more guts than brains. lol.
After safely making our way back into the inlet, we decided to go explore a little swamp channel that is inaccessible when the water level is lower. It is fairly high right now with all the rain we have been getting. That was fun, and what a contrast from battling the Lake. Swamp paddling is very different. So we followed the swamp channel until it dead ended. I saw a couple muskrat and some really big fish. After unwinding back to the inlet we decided to paddle upstream a ways. The current was very strong against us, so making forward progress took some real effort. We paddled upstream until 7:30, then turned around and headed back to the launch. Going with the current we made very good time. In total we paddled about 2 hours. Some of it was high adrenaline, technical paddling, and some was lazy back channel paddling, and some was fighting a fast current, but it was all fun!
We might try that 22 mile route down the Conewango again next week if the water level stays up. That has rapids, so more excitement. I just have to remember to eat a big breakfast before we go, as last time my blood sugar dropped and I got the shakes by the time we finished.