Sunday, June 6, 2010

Discoveries By Novice Paddlers

It's so nice being so close to a lake. For most kayakers our little lake would be boring after one paddle, but not so for me. I love it. We are always finding a new nook or cranny to explore or seeing wildlife of some sort.

Today we saw our little goose friends.

We saw these guys just shortly after they were born when they were all yellow and fuzzy, and now they look like gawky teenagers. There are 12 babies and 3 adult geese. I'm not sure how that all works out, but hey, who am I to judge what goes on in the privacy of their own nests?

We were able to paddle right up to these guys and they didn't get upset. One of the adult geese kept her eye on us, but no one panicked (me included!). (The picture above was taken a few days ago, had I remembered my flippin' camera, I would have gotten a much closer shot of them today.)

We also paddled back into a cove where the fish viewing was really great. Not only did some trout leap out right near the bow, but we could see lots of fish underwater.

We made a neat discovery today, that probably all seasoned boaters already know, and that is if the glare from the sun is making it so that you can't see into the water, you can use the shadow of your paddle to be able to see. It's kind of like a paddle-shaped window into the water. I thought that was just uber-cool, but hey I'm also an uber-dork.

We also discovered that the sight of tree roots and slime covered rocks under water totally creeps Miss Moo out. I have to admit it is a bit unsettling to me as well (not really sure why), but she's really a wimp about it. It's rare that anyone out-wimps me, so I was feeling sort of proud of myself. (Woo, go me!)

Yep, for me, everyday on the lake is a new experience. This whole "being in a boat" thing ain't so bad after all!


  1. So cool, Moody! An affirmation that heavenly Father blesses us with little joys to make our journey happy!

  2. How wonderful that you get to experience the newness of boating! I used to love canoeing. One of these days I will have to get in one again and share it with my kids.

    Thank you for renewing my love of the water...I so enjoy seeing your bit of the world - and those goslings are too cute!!