Managed 7 Miles This Morning…

So, the weather reports were saying we would have thunder storms today, but not until after 1pm. So, I went by the storage building after work yesterday and tossed the boat on the roof of the car. I got up at 6am, checked the weather and maps, saw it was clear and headed out.  I went to Lula Park on the very north end of Lake Lanier.  A couple of miles north of here is where the Chattahoochee River becomes the lake.

A couple of friends had told me there wasn’t much boat traffic up there, and they were not kidding.  The parking area and ramp are old.  The Park is not well maintained (the grass was waist high), but the parking was free.  I got there early and put in to some of the stillest water I’ve ever paddled.  I went over a mile before I saw another boat.  I paddled down to Don Carter State Park (where I put in last week).  I only saw 3 power boats, a jet ski and 3 other kayaks in that 3.6 mile run.  On the way back, I passed 2 of the kayaks again, 2 power fishing boats, and a pontoon boat.

The water was too muddy for fishing, but man, it was so quiet that I could hear the water rushing under the hull when I would pause paddling and coast.

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Did 11.26 Miles Saturday

OK, Saturday turned out to be one of the prettiest days we’ve had in a while.  I loaded the boat on the car Friday night, ready for an early start.

I went to the new Don Carter State park, put in and paddled down to the Olympic Rowing Venue (1996 Summer Olympics) and back.  Details here:  http://www.everytrail.com/view_trip.php?trip_id=2251723

It was a great day!  By far, my longest outing.  The north end of the run (closest to the State Park), the water was smooth without a lot of other boaters.  But, the south end (closer to Clarks Bridge) was a wild ride!  Lots of power boats making waves.  I have to say, my Pelican rode it out just fine.  Not to jinx myself, but I’ve logged over 30 miles in 4 outings in this thing, rode out some pretty choppy water, and I’ve not tipped over…. YET!

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