The August Project: Another perfect kayak trip with another great friend.

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.

Moments into our trip we noticed this guy relaxing with a huge catch.
Moments into our trip we noticed this guy relaxing with a huge catch.

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.

The purple hues of sunset reflecting back on the clouds over Lake Champlain.
The purple hues of sunset reflecting back on the clouds over Lake Champlain.

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.

The Lily Pad cover in the Ausable marsh.
The Lily Pad cover in the Ausable marsh.

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.

The last of the sunshine dipping behind the trees.
The last of the sunshine dipping behind the trees.
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