This summer, our vacation week coincidentally lined up with a LRCT guided paddle on the Cockermouth River and Newfound Lake. Now, my wife's aunt and uncle live right on Newfound Lake just around the bend from the Cockermouth River, so twice before I've paddled up the river on my own (see Paddle Log #19 and #27). I enjoyed going this time with a guide who was able to teach me something about the local plants and animals along the river.
Father & Son photo.
Near the end of the trip when the group stopped for lunch on the beach and then planned to go back up the river to the marina, ES and I just paddled around the Paradise Point Nature Preserve back to my wife's aunt and uncle's house. We went back to get the car a little while later.
Overall, we paddled 3.1 miles in about 2 hours and 45 minutes. It was a little slow and boring for ES, but I thought it was very informative. I was glad we went, and I look forward to joining LRCT on future guided excursions when we can make it back up to NH again.