Today I went out for another great kayak trip with another great friend to enjoy the beautiful Adirondack Coast. Today we went to what has been a very common trip for me down the Ausable River. I have taken this trip many times this summer to ensure that I can get time in on the water with friends in the short amount of available daylight after I finish work.
Throughout the day I watched rain shower after rain shower and hoped that it would all end by the time we could go out. The temperatures never passed 70 degrees, and the breeze made it feel more like mid September than it did mid August. By the time 6:00 came in, the cloud cover had given way to clear open sky.
We didn’t have time to tackle the entire Ausable River loop, but we did have time to venture out to Lake Champlain and head into territory I had never visited. At the mouth of the Ausable is the entrance to the Ausable Marsh. The Ausable Marsh is home to dense Lilly pads, weeds, trees, and beaver dams surrounded by trees that seem to be in a permanent state of autumn color. We gently made our way into the marsh near some beaver dams in hopes to see some beavers in action.
With the sun setting fast, we hurried back up the river. On our way we spotted another beaver, a Raccoon washing its paws on shore, and numerous falcons and other water fowl. Another perfect close to another perfect Adirondack Coast day.