|6:45pm launch at Carnelian Bay|
As I floated the board and paddled away from the beach I could feel the weight of the equipment I was carrying. I never did weigh the pack but it consisted only of a sleeping bag, pad, dry clothes, food, repair kit, first aid kit, spare paddle, water filter & camera. I quickly second guessed my board decision, rationalized it and forgot it. The first few strokes of any trip often brings up questions. A half hour later, the wind let up significantly and by 9 o'clock that night, I was paddling in flat conditions.
With no moonlight and little light from land, I paddled another hour until it became too dark to effectively see. It's difficult to stay near shore because there are so many moored boats. I used a strategy of paddling straight into lights projecting from shore. When an obstacle was in the line of light it would be easy to recognize as a boat, buoy or rock. This came in useful at the very end of the trip too. The 17' Naish Glide I paddled has a foot-operated rudder. To break it on a rock would not be good and I didn't carry a spare.
Around 10pm I stopped at Homewood marina to eat and put on warm clothes. The pebble beach I landed on would make a nice bed and with that a decision was made to stay and sleep. I didn't even inflate the sleeping pad because the pebbles were so comfortable and smooth, conforming to my body. I woke after midnight and was treated to a cloudless sky twinkling with stars and a half moon high up in the night sky. The lake went completely flat a few hours later and was barely audible with the littlest movement up and down. An hour later I woke, ate, re-packed and launched into glassy lake water reflecting the moon's light and had to once again follow the trails of light around the shore.
|4:55am launch the next morning|
|Naish Glide 17 loaded and afloat for the morning launch|
|Wednesday morning sunrise|
|Looking down into the "cockpit"|
|Love the view from a standup board - South Lake|
|Dinner at Secret Harbor|
|Done.... and done|