Sunday, April 1, 2007

Official kayak season opener

At an informal gathering of the SKOAC Renegade group at the official SKOAC pub (Grumpy's in NE Mpls, it was decided that the crew would hit Lake Waconia today for a 10 mile circumnavigation. This will be the initial shakedown cruise that will officially start the 2007 kayak season and, for me, be the end of the hated chlorine season. It has been raining here for a couple of days and with any luck it has been raining in the Lake Superior basin also. Tom P, a lifelong Ashland, WI resident, says that the lake is the lowest he's seen it with flats visible in Chequamagon Bay that have never been exposed before. This time of year the north flowing streams in Douglas, Bayfield, Ashland, and Iron counties can reach a raging flood stage in a matter of hours with the rain and snowmelt combination and we hope that will erase some of that 18" deficit.

The photo is of the Sibley peninsula and the Sleeping Giant, taken from the window of my Mpls bound jet on the way back from London Gatwick. Tee Harbor is clearly visible and you can just make out the contours of the Sleeping Giant at the end of the peninsula. Lots of moving ice which will soon be gone as well. Time to hit the water!

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