At Manson Pike Trailhead in Murfreesboro this Saturday 26 June 2010 from 8:00 am until 12:00 anyone who wants to can borrow kayaks, canoes, pfds and paddle an easy, roped-off stretch of the Stones River. Various organizations will be present with booths. According to what I’ve seen at Stones River Watershed Association, Dick’s Sporting Goods will give away by drawing a kayak and a paddle.
Although I’ve got a lot to say, I haven’t got very much time to get it written, so I’ll give you the short version and start with some photos from yesterday on Woods Reservoir where I put in at Morris Ferry boat ramp.
Up early yesterday morning for a walk then back home to finish assembling Campsis Radicans, my Pouch E68 folding kayak. After that was done, Seventy-Six was ready to play outside for a while, and he wanted to blow soap-bubbles in the boat’s cockpit. I held an old golf-umbrella to keep the already hot morning sun off his head. He thought that was funny.
I loaded the gear and boat in to and on top the car so I could leave after worship service and head to the lake. Until Caution-Lady asked me where I planned to paddle, I hadn’t made up my mind. When she asked, I said, “Morris Ferry Landing.” I thought I would paddle out and see whether any of the water-lilies were still in bloom (turns out I was way too late for the lilies). I paddled maybe eight miles. Then back home and unpacked the car and put the boats in the garage.
After that, I played in the too-small wading pond with Seventy-Six while Caution-Lady prepared supper. Because we got really dirty, and I already stank from sweating all day in synthetic-but-quick-drying paddling togs, we both had to bathe before the evening meal. Then a terrific supper and an evening at home with my family. What could be better? Nothing. Nothing at all.
Here are some photos: