Sunday, December 31, 2006

A Peaceful Paddle

What a wonderful way to end 2006. The paddle that I mapped out on Google Earth yesterday took us a little over 5 hours, including at least an hour's worth of stops. It was a great day. Here's the launch spot in Bowling Green, near Paynes Prairie State Park. The water level is perfect. Lots of birdlife. According to Marie, we have Randall to thank for pushing us to do a longer paddle than normal. So, she didn't hesitate to accept when he offerred to tow her while she 'napped.' The people you see in the water are hunting for fossils by digging up pails of dirt from the bottom and screening it thru a wire-mesh. Lots of people find fossilized shark's teeth here. Oh! She's awake again. Ooops, maybe not. What a gorgeous day! Back home. Our cars were waiting right there by the boat ramp, ready to load the kayaks on top and drive back to our sites. How it worked was - when we left in the morning, we found a couple people to ride up with us to the launch point, then they drove our cars back and left them waiting for us. Perfect.

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