Sunday, July 06, 2008
July is Sunset Paddling Season
On the bright side, sunset paddling is more available than ever. Even on weekdays, there is still time to get the kayaks out on the water for a couple hours of paddling after work. I like to leave the house around 5:30 - 6pm and paddle until just about dark.
Kayaking across the lake gets sweeter as the cool of the summer evening descends. My kayak slides through a liquid rainbow of sunset reflections, boat motors quiet and the chorus is taken up by crickets, frogs and locust. Reflections of trees are mirrored vivid green one moment and stretching out like dark grasping hands the next minute. In one direction the view is a beautiful kaleidoscope of vibrant color and in another the twilight shadows turn surreal just before disappearing.
Of course, you have to be careful of the other boats whenever you are on the lake. I try to paddle as if none of the other boats on the water can see me. I paddle quickly across open water and dawdle when I am near trees and rocky outcroppings or anywhere there is shade. Often, I paddle along the shallow shorelines and up the narrow spider web clogged feeder creeks.
I even saw another kayak out on Dripping Springs Lake this morning. Maybe this paddling thing is starting to catch on!
Posted by Thomas Jones on Sunday, July 06, 2008