Winter has made itself scarce here again. With partly cloudy skies and a high forecast for a record 60 degrees, a quick trip was put together down the Thornapple River. While having snow on the ground would be much more beautiful than the grays and browns of a snowless winter day, we decided to take advantage of the nice weather to get a trip in.
It was good to see Michal Ann and Jake, her black lab, on the river with us again. It had been a long time since we paddled together.
It is a good thing it was as warm as it was since one of the new paddlers didn't make it around one tree and went for a swim. I could see it coming because he had been having trouble getting caught sideways on several of the downed trees and was making the mistake of trying to grab on to the branches. While he has kayaked before, it was mostly on large rivers and lakes where there are not as many problems with downed trees. He did have dry clothes to change into, and we were less than a mile from the takeout.
Paddled Today: 4.6 miles. Year to date: 16.1 miles.
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