Sunday, October 30, 2005

Kayak Surfing on Highland Lake

Today's stiff winds were not unlike our trip to Nequassett Lake the year we bought Joan's kayak. There were plenty of whitecaps out on the main part of the lake and we had to turn around shortly after setting out. We put in from a sheltered area on the South end of the lake. As usual - Joan, eager to get onto the lake puts a lot of energy into the start of the trip. She did all right against a stiff wind. I failed to get many pictures up ahead, as the whitecaps appeared and the going got rough. But we got far enough out into the lake to take advantage of the nearly 2 foot waves to do a little surfing on the way back in.


Can you guess what Joan is doing in this picture?

1. Getting ready to jump out?
2. Shielding the sun from her eyes?
3. Rowing the wind?
4. Telling me I've taken enough pictures?

Feel free in the comnments to add to the multiple choice questions. After a few days - I'll tell you what she was really trying to do...





This one is just a still shot taken from the surface of the water. We headed south to the dam in the very sheltered outlet to the lake. In our previous trip we had not be able to go far because the lake level was too low. The level was very high today and we made it all the way to the dam. The batteries on the camera gave out, so I didn't get any pictures of the dam.










4 comments:

Danoudperk said...

I think mom is about to pull a karate chop to dad's kayak since your about to run into her while trying to take a picture.

Dad, remember that time you and I got stuck on a lake, and driven back to the far shore in white caps while canoeing. It was a long time ago

Jewels said...

I love that last picture. I wish I were in Maine kayaking right now. Not that I'm not enjoying my life her in Indiana, I just miss the water.

I would have to say Joan is doing something more peaceful than karate, more like a yoga move.

Dana said...

Julie is more on track - peaceful. I actually got her to do this trick about 3 times in a row -- all within about 10 seconds. So it has some similarity to a series of karate chops, but it was much less threatening -- more like a peaceful resolution to the problem at hand, which did not happen to be anything about my kayak running into her's...

Dana said...

Ok -- the game is up. Joan had had enough of me taking pictures and was just hiding her face and telling me to go away...