It doesn’t get much better than this! Two days of superb weather and great water conditions on Lake Champlain. It seems that all of my posts of Lake Champlain have started out this way. Maybe it’s because the lake understands That I have a full time job and require a certain amount of kayak time on Sundays. Either way, It was another perfectly clear sky and smooth waters for two nice long paddles.
Saturday afternoon my kayak partner and I were all packed up and ready to go as soon as the closing bells rang. Our trip this Saturday was in search of some Loons. In past paddle trips in the area I had the fortune of finding a pair of Loons on the eastern side of Long Point.
We had our cars unloaded and in Deep Bay of Point Au Roche quickly. Our trip today was to begin here in Deep bay, out around Long Point, and north to Mooney Bay. There was a slight breeze, clear water dotted with tufts of Cottonwood pollen, and in the distance a stand of sailboat masts from the weekenders mooring in the bay. In the air hung the sweet smell of the water mixed with the occasional hint of barbecue from the sailboats. The walls of Deep bay are steep and sometimes vertical rock walls making for a very naturally secure mooring location and cozy on-water refuge.
Our journey took us out and around the cliff points, along the flat rock sheets, and past Mooney Bay Marina to a small inlet near a Girl Scout day camp. We kicked back and floated nearly motionless to discuss the trip and plan for the next. With the sun setting over the northern Adirondacks and the smell of the barbecue grills still hanging in the air, it was time to head home. We paddled back into deep bay in our same silent manner. The only sounds that could be heard were that of nature and my camera clicking away. we never did see a Loon, but we did still get to add another beautiful paddle to our list.