…Does A Kayak Trip Lead To A Water-logue?
I’m sure there are many ways that Americans celebrated the Fourth of July, and most probably ended with a fireworks display. This year, I chose to spend the Fourth enjoying the freedom of the outdoors, being on or near water, taking a short hike and reveling in the freedom of nature.
The day began with my wife and I loading our kayaks on the car and heading up the shore of Lake Superior to the Knife River Marina. We launched and headed on one of Lake Superior’s perfect days, calm water, ideal temperature and a light fog that had not quite burned off the lake. We first turned our attention on a small island that was shrouded in the fog, giving it a sense of mystery, which of course meant we had to go explore. As we approached we were serenaded by hundreds of shrieking gulls that were not happy that we were blessing them with our visit. After circumnavigating the island, we then headed southwest along the shore toward Stoney Point, about two miles down the lake. Had a bit of a chuckle as we surprised a young couple camping on a beach and were sunbathing nude. After arriving at Stoney Point, we turned our kayaks back up the shore and headed for the Knife River. We encountered a bit of a challenge as we entered the mouth of the river, but then it was an easy paddle until we could go no further due to rocks and shallow water so we turned and paddled back to the marina, ending out day on Lake Superior.
Our next stop was Jay Cooke State Park. Neither of us had been to the park since the new swing bridge had opened, (the previous one was destroyed in the flood of 2012) and we had hoped to hike the trails, but were thwarted by the threat of a thunderstorm. We did take the opportunity to see the new bridge that allows access to the picnic area at Oldenberg overlook and we are excited to know that the remainder of the highway that is currently closed will be rebuilt in the coming couple of years.
Oh yes, I almost forgot, I took pictures and shot video of the day. I am posting the photos from the kayaking portion of the trip and will be working on a video to be uploaded later.