Kayaking North Hartland Dam

Tuesday, August 2: Outdoor Recreation for Seniors was out again – on a hot and humid day, when it was good to be on the water!

A flood control area managed by the Corps of Engineers, once one is away from the dam, there are no houses ( except those built by the beavers!), and lots of wildlife.

The phone camera decided that it would do a movie, rather than the photo I wanted – the boom keeping boats away from the dam had at least a dozen turtles on it! And I am unable to post that.

We also saw a Great Blue Heron, by the edge of the water, keeping an eye on a couple of chicks. One person with binoculars thought that at least one chick was a mallard. None of us wanted to go closer, disturbing them to figure it out, and the cell phone did not take a photo worth posting.

Those large lumps in the center tree are eagles, probably immature as they are showing little white.

This was a turn around point for several of us – my seat was feeling unfriendly, some had appointments – and at 7 miles round trip, it’s a long way for some seniors to paddle. But we all had a good time, ate lunch together, and some of us swam in the tepid – but cooler then the air! – water.

11 thoughts on “Kayaking North Hartland Dam

    1. Interesting in theory, but with only the cell phone hot spot, not worth the time and energy! Maybe if I had a really spectacular video, it would be worth it – but this is not!


  1. Seven miles sounds like a lot of work. Seeing the eagles must’ve been amazing! I know when I see them in the wild, it always an amazing feeling. I enjoyed the picture of the turtle as well. I hate when my phone camera does something it shouldn’t. I find it on video or portrait more than I like.


  2. Seven miles is a lot like bicycling seven miles – not that big a deal. Except when the seat isn’t adjusted properly, and there’s no good way to pull out and redo it! I’ve done that stretch several times before, and gone to the end a few times.


  3. Unbelievable sceneries, I loved the peace and the tranquility these pictures brought about. Also, brought back memories of a solo kayaking session I did out in the sea, some of your captures are just hypnotic(except the pixilation of the images) and I could simply gaze at it for hours and hours.

    Here are my memories from last kayaking trip, if you are interested,


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