Friday, January 15, 2010

The Hand We Are Dealt

When playing poker, one hopes to be dealt a royal flush. It is more likely, however, that you will get nothing better than a pair of twos. What to do? Make the best of it and play the hand you are dealt. As paddlers, we like sunny days with warm water. What we are usually dealt this time of year is something quite different. So, when a gap of 5 feet opened at the shoreline, Sherri and I played the hand.

We managed to put in off a slight ice shelf and launch in 2 feet of water.

We paddled along shore as a westerly off shore breeze held the ice off. We were rewarded with a lazy two hour paddle as we reached an open area.  We had to dodge (not always successfully) sheets of glass-clear ice while Nature provided ice sculptures for our amusement.

It was, in the end, a satisfying day. Hey, we finally got back on the water.

Paddle safe...


steve said...

looks fantastic but a bit coooold

avital said...

Paddle safe!
Looks scary!

Stan Mac Kenzie said...

Very Nice shots Silbs. Nice and wintery by the looks of things.


Silbs said...

Thanks for all the comments. These are the conditions in which I don't feel comfortable out alone. Ice can up end the boat in a moment of inattentiveness, and I tend to daydream sometimes.

Sherri said...

It was a beautiful day, a leisurely and enjoyable paddle, and I enjoyed reliving it in your blog. By the way, for those who weren't there, the temps were above freezing.

Anonymous said...

i thought we have had a lot of snow and cold weather here!