It was an AWESOME morning on the water.
There were three distinct phases of this trip difficulty and speed-wise. During this first southbound leg of the trip, my average speed was about 2.8 mph paddling into the wind. After I rounded the southern tip of the island and started paddling northeast, I was surfing on the swells coming from behind me and made it to a max speed of 4.5 mph. When I rounded the easternmost point of the island and started paddling NW, I was in the lee of the island and it was glassy calm.
Mergus merganser americanus
Even though the pictures didn't turn out so great, I really enjoyed the paddle around the island and admiring the birds along the way.
I tried to quickly flip back through the older pictures and delete some to make some room for new pictures, but they swam RIGHT by me and I missed it.
Trip Stats from the 60CSx
Stats for the paddle log:
- Date: 16 August 2010
- Time In: 9:12 a.m.
- Time Out: 11:30 a.m.
- Elapsed: 2 hr 18 min
- Moving Time (GPS): 2 hrs 4 minutes
- Stopped Time (GPS): 14 minutes
- Mileage: 6.55 miles by GPS
- Sea State: 1
- Winds: 5-8 mph SSW (from Intelicast)
- Air Temp: 66F climbing to 70F (from Intelicast)
- Water Temp: 73.8F digital / 72.3F IR
- Current: None.
- Gauge Height: ~503 feet (above sea level, not depth of water). The lake level is about a foot or so below "full" right now (normal "full" level is just above 504 feet).
- Avg Speed (GPS): 3.2 mph
- Max Speed by (GPS): 4.3 mph
- Rapids? None.
- Hazards? None.
- Kit: Ocean Kayak Malibu Two XL. My son's North Face flop hat, Kokotat paddling jacket, NRS pants, NRS paddling gloves, short sleeve shirt, swim trunks, dive booties.
- Configuration: Both boys stayed home, so I paddled solo sitting in the middle seat.
- Route: Put-in at Jonathon's Landing and paddled counter-clockwise around Long Island.
- Other comments (such as wildlife spotted): Mergansers, Blue Jay, Sea Gulls.