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Kayaking 14 miles through 4 locks with 12 friends

Monday, September 30, 2013

Last year I kayaked with LESLIELENORE and her brother and two others in the canal between Seneca and Cayuga Lakes.

We had so much fun we decided to do it again this year. As you can see from the group shot, this year we had many more people with us, including two friends in a canoe, and one on a pack raft.

Hereís LESLIELENOREís report about this year's trip:

There are lots of photos and a GPS track you can see here:

Based on our experience last year, we shortened the distance and planned to go from west to east, in the direction of the prevailing winds. This meant we spent almost all of our time in the sheltered canal and were less likely to fight a headwind the whole way.

As it turned out the wind was from the southeast but it was pretty mild. The day was lovely and warm and we saw only a few other boats out there. Lots of great blue herons, ducks, geese, and at one point a whole bunch of tiny fish were jumping all around us.

In Seneca Falls we stopped to stage a photo with the women in the group in front of a sign about the ďBirthplace of Womenís Rights.Ē Carolís husband was in the front of the canoe so he hid from view with only his knees showing. From this angle they look like my knees, which is pretty funny because I was behind the canoe in my kayak.

My left elbow has been complaining to me on long paddles over the past few months and yesterday was no exception. When I straighten my arm it helps a little. But Iím trying not to overdo it, so I donít think Iíll be planning any 20-30 mile paddles anytime this year.

LESLIELENORE mentioned that my friend Suan brought a pack raft, and that he was having trouble keeping up until we started hitching paddlers up to him and towing him. It was a fun sight, watching a team of them plowing along. A few times she and I were up in front chatting and almost got run over as they churned past us.

Suan and I are going to Antarctica in January with a friend of his. Heís an avid birder and took a nice photo of an eagle nest near the end of the paddle.

Next weekend bf Harry and I will be going to a weekend contra dance in Buffalo and paddling with LESLIELENORE on Sunday. I promise to keep my PFD on during that one - I honestly didnít know it bothered her.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
CTUPTON 10/23/2013 2:58PM

    I grew up in the country near Buffalo, NY. so I love hearing about this area. Your kayaking trip sounds wonderful. Doing it with a bunch of friends must have been great. Thank you for the photos and descriptions! chris

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    Great pictures

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WATERMELLEN 10/2/2013 9:55PM

    What a fun time: fitness and friends (and birds too . . . always love birds).

Thanks for posting the State of Slim link to the Big Page: love the work you do for AGAM:TM!!

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KATHIC2 10/2/2013 8:18AM

  Another great adventure! You inspire me to get out there!

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OTTAWABOUND 10/1/2013 12:50PM

    Hearing you no longer prevented from doing the things you love because of weight is inspiring. When I joined three and a half years ago, you were out doing stuff you loved in the great outdoors and, when I came back after a two year absence, you were still here, still sparking, and still doing amazing and fun activities. Thanks for the inspiration and sharing your journey and its successes.

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WATERDIAMONDS 10/1/2013 8:58AM

    Well, can't wait to here how you paddle your way to Antarctica!

Sounds as if you all had a lot of fun, and wow, at the exercise benefits. Congrats.

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    Antarctica, eh? Sounds like another interesting story. We'll start with why? :)

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CARRIE1948 10/1/2013 8:37AM

    Looks like fun

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NEW-CAZ 10/1/2013 2:54AM

    Looks like amazing fun! emoticon

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_LINDA 10/1/2013 1:21AM

    Fantastic photos!! I always loved to paddle through lily pads :) Mom and I used to canoe up in our northern lakes, was so peaceful and fun! Those days are a distant memory, never to be experienced again as my arms and hands are shot and our artificial joints makes getting in and out impossible :( Will have to enjoy through others experiences, like you and Leslie
Thanks for sharing it all!

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CALLMESALLYG 10/1/2013 12:13AM

    I love kayaking! I kayak'd across Lake Charlevoix and into Lake Michigan earlier this year. About 13-16 miles after everything and it was so much fun!

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ANGELFMABV 9/30/2013 9:22PM

    Wow! Looks like you all had a grand time. Thank you for sharing!

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TINAJANE76 9/30/2013 9:12PM

    Love it! Looks like everyone had a blast!

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DDOORN 9/30/2013 9:01PM

    Ant-freaking-ARTICA! Just WOW! That is so, so well meant figuratively, but what the heck... :-) !

And it's ALWAYS such fun getting together with others to soak up the outdoors...! One day I'd love to own a kayak...just a cheapo for futzing & putzing here & there.

But now it looks like saving up for camping gear for more bike tours is going to take priority...can't keep borrowing on the good graces of fellow bike club members...!

Have a blast at Contra!


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TRAVELGRRL 9/30/2013 8:51PM

    Fun! Thanks for blogging about a great trip!!

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GYMRAT_AT44 9/30/2013 8:25PM

    Sounded like a great trip. Thanks for sharing.

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SNOWYOGA 9/30/2013 8:24PM

    Wow looks like fun and love the pictures! Thanks for sharing emoticon

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SUNSHINE99999 9/30/2013 8:16PM

  wow, what fun. emoticon emoticon

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LESLIELENORE 9/30/2013 8:14PM

    I am looking forward to doing it again next year! Jeremy said that if we do it again that he would like to stay at your house so that he won't be late again. LOL

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