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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.

Here’s LESLIELENORE’s 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 “Birthplace of Women’s Rights.” Carol’s 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 I’m trying not to overdo it, so I don’t think I’ll 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. He’s 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 didn’t know it bothered her.
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