Saturday, December 30, 2006
I spent more than three hours on the Reservoir today (or yesterday; I'm up late), paddling until my left wrist gave out and I had to paddle by "curling" (underhand) on the left instead of "pulling" (overhand). I covered about three miles, stopping twice for "restroom breaks" in the woods. I had to shift my body constantly, curling my fingers and toes whenever possible.
I was dressed as warmly as I could manage, but it was barely adequate. This is fairly challeging kayaking weather, but it does provide solitude (!!) and a chance to spend time with coots, grebes, geese, and cormorants.
A special treat was Bufflehead ducks, which I don't remember seeing (at least well enough to identify) before.
The fog remained low over the water, and temperatures hovered around thirty-five (F.). I brought home one landlocked Coho for the freezer, but the paddling itself was the best part of the trip.