Everyone slept in a little this morning. Well, except for Murphy and me! I think the cool temperature during the night really helps one rest in a more deep and refreshing sleep.
The kids had plans for the day. Michelle and I were going to take the kayaks down to Woodville for a brief paddle. When I spoke to my father yesterday, he had told me two people had drowned from my hometown. I decided to find out why, so Mark looked the story up online.
As it turns out, one of the drownings was a young man who was the son of a woman I had played with as a little girl. Mark discovered that the fellow had never been kayaking before, was not a strong swimmer, and was not wearing a life jacket. This whole mix of details adds up to a recipe for disaster in the case of an accident.
The kayak tipped over, filling with water, then sinking with the young man inside. A longtime kayaking friend who was with him tried to rescue him, but could not find him. This whole situation made me so upset. I understand why people do not want to wear a bulky and not the most comfortable vest, but I cannot help but wonder if this might have saved the young man’s life. He was only 23 and had so much to look forward to. He had just graduated from college with a business degree and was going to attend a college in Louisiana to further his education. He also was engaged.
After hearing the details of this accident, I felt almost overwhelmed with never wanting to kayak again. But, in thinking things through, we have kayaks with added foam inserts to prevent them from sinking in the event they are overturned. We also wear life jackets. Always. The water at Woodville is shallow enough that if push came to shove, we could actually walk back to shore! Not that all the water we have been in has been so shallow, but we do take precautions. Always. Water is not to be randomly feared, but greatly respected.
We got ready to go and Ben came along with us. Since we only have the two solid kayaks, Ben took one of the little yellow inflatables. We weren’t out too long, but it was windy and a bit of a challenge to paddle against the water in some areas. When a couple of guys passed us on a fishing boat as we headed down the river off the lake, I thought we ought to turn around. They were fishing and I didn’t want to disturb them.
I did take my old D-80 with me in the infamous plastic bag and got a few photos….
You can see that the water is rather muddy looking. After about one and a half inches of rain fell two days ago (mixed with sizeable hail!) the water all ran down from the surrounding hills, bringing along some mud and silt!
As you can see, there is an abundance of flowers everywhere! They add so much color!
I seem to be having some difficulty uploading photos, and since it is nearing midnight, I am going to have to post Seneca Lake photos tomorrow!