Sunday, July 13, 2008

I don't like suspense...

I don't like movies with suspense, I don't like walking down dark hallways, I don't like not knowing exactly where we are either. Terry, on the other hand, has no fear. We are so the exact opposite. Today, when we were kayaking Lake George, and we would suddenly come across a shark hiding under the water (OK, well, really it was a rock, but it felt as scary as a shark), my heart would pound and he just gently steer around it, not worried one bit.

Well, before supper, he was studying Google Earth, which he does often, and he said come look at this. He showed me the Annapolis River and blah blah blah blah, about this and this and that and wow, and this and that...... ugh. Not my thing, at all. During supper he said he found a channel or a canal. Its next to a ravine, not far from here. It goes about 4 km and the there is a dam and it blah blah blah. All I heard was RAVINE and DAM. Like I want to kayak that!!!!! He is really anxious to kayak the Annapolis River, which I am too, but it will take some coordinating and stuff, and I didn't want to do that last night. Its a very long and windy river and we need both cars and a lunch! I did agree to go see this canal. I was really nervous, about rocks and ravines and dams, at this point. He assured me that there was no danger! Like he can tell from Google Earth.....


Off we went with sunglasses, bottle of water and the gear. It was just 5 minutes down Hwy 10 and we had to pull off the road onto a dirt lot and climb down a hill to get the boats in. I can not tell you how nervous I was. We paddled for just a few minutes when we came to a small lake, which Terry didn't see on Google Earth..... now I was terrified. I made him go ahead of me, and I stayed way back. If he got sucked under by a tidal something, or something big attacked him, I had time to back paddle! We wandered around the lake for a few minutes, trying to find the channel. We came to a weird shallow spot in the lake which scared me a bit but he gave me plenty of warning! Finally, he found it and he waited at the opening for me. I was leery and somewhat annoyed too.... Google Earth, indeed.


If there was a little piece of heaven in the non-scary kayak world... Terry found it. It was, as we both said, spectacular! What an amazing little treasure. We paddled for 1 and a half hours of quiet and peace. There were little birds skimming the waters just a head of us to pick up the only other wildlife there, which was little water bugs. We saw 3 large beaver dams but they were built on the sides of the channel.. Several dens that belong to fox or something. It was spectacular. Enjoy the pictures.... This one is our first few minutes. I was pleasantly pleased but still very nervous. There were several of these along once side of the channel. We can't really be sure who lives there, but somehow, that doesn't make me nervous. They aren't big enough to attack or anything, but I did give a fleeting thought to bears. It is a perfect watering hole for all kinds of animals, yet we didn't see any tonight. The water was so calm, and eventhough there was wind all around us, we were in a RAVINE and we felt no wind what so ever! The water was not clear, but Terry said because it was a man made channel, it was sure to be very deep.. um... well, I guess I have to believe him. But the water was certainly still enough to make these mirror imagines. One of three beaver dams we saw. We didn't make it to the end (thank God, cause all I can remember is Terry saying something about a Dam), we turned around after 50 minutes and paddled back because it was getting dark. That is the overpass on Hwy 10, and we were parked there. There is a walking road all along the channel as well. I think it would be fun to walk it too. Of course, if I was walking it, I would be wanting to paddle it too.
It was a great evening, a wonderful discovery. I will be going back there many more times, and for anyone who wants to come for a soft, peaceful paddle with me, this is the place for us. It was a great Saturday, to be sure....

6 comments:

GailM. said...

Take me, Take me..

Jill said...

And maybe me...if I won't sink the kayak...

ancient one said...

and me.. maybe all of us should get our own kayaks and discover this wonderful fun!

Scott said...

Wow you guys are quickly becoming kayaking pros! The pics are great as is the blog!

Anonymous said...

Bee-oo-tee-ful!!! You may even get me in one next year... maybe

Miss ya.. K in O

Anonymous said...

Beautiful scenes and a lovely day for an adventure.

Pear