Kayaking Little Lake Sunapee

The Outdoor Recreation for Seniors group is done kayaking as a group for the season – but I am not! Today’s outing was converted to hiking, because the long range forecast called for high winds. Another ORFS participant and I decided to go to a smaller lake anyway, and had a great time – despite it being mostly cloudy, and mildly windy.

There was not a lot of wildlife – we saw a couple of skeins of geese, and one shy loon.

Knitting Completed – and Turkeys!

Driving out to our Quaker Meetinghouse, I had to stop for these turkeys, of which there were about 25 – and once I had stopped, they were in no hurry to move on! I should have taken the white papers off the dashboard for better photo quality, though.

And our rustic 1820 Meetinghouse makes a great background for photos – I like how the bright striped yarn contrasts with the backgrounds. This cell phone pocket was requested by a friend in Maryland, who watched me finish up those bright socks recently posted. The cord was crocheted onto the sides of the pocket, and I used I-cord to make the strap and button loop. Another yarn out of my stash – although I had to use a bit of yellow from another project to finish the flap. And my camera looks like it’s winking at you!

ORFS Kayak Pillsbury State Park

Tuesday, September 21: Another Tuesday, and Outdoor Recreation for Seniors is at it again. We convened at Pillsbury State Park, in Washington, New Hampshire for a gorgeous day on the water. The weather has cooled, so most started off with long sleeves – although many were shed by the time we rounded the far side of the lakes.

We had the greatest diversity of person powered watercraft – three different inflatables, including mine; a serious ocean kayak, a foldable Oru, a canoe, and all the average recreational kayaks. For contrast:

Also, note the wind turbines in the background. It always lifts my heart to watch them generating.

We ended the day overlooking another pond to eat our lunch and visit.

Kayaking with ORFS on Lake Sunapee

Tuesday, September 7: On another gloriously beautiful, not too hot and not too cool day, we gathered at Dewey Beach for time on the water. But before we could go out, the small sailboat brought by one of our members floated off the beach – and away! Kayaks to the rescue!

Waiting for everyone to launch:


Then most of us went out and around the lighthouse, then over to the shore to the south, around the harbor and back to the beach for lunch.

The sailboat sailed out and around in our general area:

It certainly was shallow water – pulled up on the beach, the deepest water under the raft may have been one foot!

Kayaking the Merrimack River

Monday, September 6 (Labor Day): One of my New Hampshire friends and I spent a wonderful afternoon on the Merrimack River just north of Concord, New Hampshire. It was perfect weather when we launched, not too warm, mostly sunny. We stopped for lunch on one of the many sandy shores:

There was even a perfectly situated dead tree to sit on! But it was clouding up fast, and it was sprinkling by the time we finished eating – and really raining, with strong winds (enough to try to carry my kayak away – but I had my hands on it and we hauled it up and tied it to that log!) and stinging rain. But it didn’t last long, and the sun was out again.

We enjoyed the flora

and fauna:

We watched that not very shy Little Green Heron for quite a while. There were also Great Blue Herons, but none of the photos came out well.

With all of those sandbars, this is one of the few that is accessible from the road. It is well populated on most nice days during the summer; after that storm rolled through, there was no one left. From there it wasn’t far to the take out just around the corner, on the Contoocook River.

ORFS at McDaniels Marsh

Tuesday, August 31: Another Tuesday, and Outdoor Recreation for Seniors was at it again! Nearly 20 of us were on the water, and another few hiked on a gorgeous day, without the heat that’s made life uncomfortable lately.

One image I failed to capture is of the mountains to the west, Croydon Peak and Grantham Mt. Part of the area is a private game park, from which apparently wild boar have escaped:


And I liked the view over the spillway.


Well, I was kayaking again today – it was so hot and humid, it was good to be on the water. But I didn’t take a camera, so I am posting photos taken at the hosts’ house at Kolelemook on Tuesday.

Kayaking Grafton Pond (Again)

Tuesday, August 3: Tuesday means ORFS, right? And that was my intention, to join the seniors kayaking on Crystal Lake in Enfield, New Hampshire. But there was no way to park my camper legally, at least not within a reasonable distance, so I gave up and went to Grafton Pond. It is one of my favorites, and just up the road, maybe a 15 minute drive. And it was a gorgeous day. The water was high – the last time I was there, with ORFS, paddlers who chose this passage had to push their way through. With an extra 8″ of water, it was easy! And I was able to paddle around islands that are often attached to land.

There were loons, with good sized chicks – I saw two family groups, one including a young adult – maybe last year’s chick?

The highlight was sitting, spellbound, as I watched one family. The adults were fishing, and came up; one was calling softly to the chick. (I thought maybe it wanted the chick closer, as there were several kayaks in the area, although at a respectful distance.) It turned out to have a small fish in its beak, and proceeded to feed the chick!

After about 2 1/2 hours on the water, including eating my lunch while drifting, I had to head for shore, so I could make a 3:30 appointment to replace my stolen drivers license. (BOO, HISS!) But I’d gotten my exercise, and next week I will meet again with my ORFS friends.