Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Pace of the paddle

The end of May Long and the start of Days Off mercifully overlapped for a day.  Understandably bagged out from fourteen day of transitioning from a Lady of Leisure back to a Wage Earning Sucker, I embraced a half day of lazy paddling with friends over the weekend.  

Dan strapped the Clipper to the Civic while friends Shaun and Angie successfully navigated us to Half Moon Lake, 45 minutes northeast of Chetwynd, with The Mink atop their outfit.  

We spotted the lake ages before we actually reached it along a south facing ridge.  The launch clearly visible, the dirt path through the aspen eventually delivered us there.  Sheltered from the little wind blowing, the birding was spectacular.  

Kingfishers, swans, red wing blackbirds and ducks sailed, hunted and flew around us as we glided through their homes.  An owl called from the woods while a cow moose and calf scurried up the slope to safety.  

Shaun and Angie leading the way 

 View from the ridge

Canoe-head Shaun 

View from the launch.  
We spotted the cow moose and her calf on that side slope

Dan and I  

 Swans sure make a racket when taking off!

Shaun and Angie leading us along the shoreline 

Lepidoptera eggies 

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