The kayaking season has gotten off to a good start. We’ve been out three days this week, to our regular haunts: The Connecticut River from Wilder, North Hartland Lake and the Ompompanoosuc River in Norwich.
The birds are flying, perching, singing, nesting and taking care of families.
We have also seen a few mammals: Three deer (two on the Connecticut and one on the Pompy) and a muskrat.
After a winter of walking with the dogs, we are looking forward to getting back in the kayaks.
On Tuesday, Jane and I went out to Grafton Pond. It was the only day this week that didn’t have a windy afternoon. We saw a few loons, some geese and a turtle, and enjoyed a lovely paddle. It was good to be back on the water.
We’ve been out several time a week this fall, mostly on the Connecticut and the Pompy (we miss North Hartland Lake which is closed to repair the culvert under the parking lot), but we also have been to Lake Armington, Upper Baker Pond, Grafton Pond, Long Pond and Indian Pond.
We have seen our usual ducks and have enjoyed seeing them changing into breeding colors.
I just came back from a wonderful few days at Anne Cook’s house on Squam Lake with some Baha’i friends. Most of us were young mothers when we met about 40 years ago. We have gone in different directions, Dawn lives in Ireland; Margaret (and Tom) in Atlanta; Suellen in Burlington; Pat, Anne, Diane and I are still in the Upper Valley.
Anne’s house has an incredible view which changes constantly.
I got out on the water a couple of times, and saw some animals.
Mostly we sat around and talked, (and ate).
A highlight of the weekend for me was a rainbow at dawn, a full arc.
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