After what feels like weeks of being cooped up in the house and shop I finally got some time to get out and explore one of my favorite local paddling spots. I used this trip as an excuse to test out the North Shore Atlantic that we just got in. Ron and I got to the Preserve at around 1:00PM and got on the water shortly after.
Strait away from the launch we headed right under Franklin Blvd bridge. This leads you into some very skinny waters refereed to by kayakers as "The Back Door". It's called that because it's a sneaky back way to get into Lost Slough without having to paddle miles to get there. Thats not to say that we didn't earn our paddle on this day. I had no idea what the tides were, and on this day nether of us cared because it was all about the adventure. Adventure it was. It was the lowest tides I have ever seen going through this area. Here is a pic of Ron hopping out of his kayak at the first portage.
We stopped for a minute to scout out the area and enjoy the dense riparian forest. It was alive with the sounds of birds and critters all around.
|This is where we had to go next.|
|Dispite what it looks like, the portage is all sandstone rock and not mud.|
|Here is a closer look at what we were about to paddle through.|
|Here I am seal launching into the next pool.|
|An old boat that has been abandon for as long as I can remember.|
|Here is the view from my cockpit as we paddled around Lost Slough.|
|The water was mirror flat. |
|The North Shore Atlantic is a dream to paddle. It's got the best cockpit fit out of any poly sea kayak I have been in.|
|Full speed ahead. This is one of the areas we had to walk our boats through. Looks worse in the picture than I remember.|
|Some very cool rock formations.|
|I'm sure thankful for a friend like Ron, who is always up to join me on a paddling mission.|
|I think Ron was happy to see the end of that Portage.|
|Last stop Hunan House for all you can eat Mongolian BBQ!|