Sunday, May 3, 2009

Kayaking to Howard

We did about an 8 mile trip today from home to Howard. It was a beautiful day and we set off about noon. We saw a number of Great Blue Herons, geese, goslings, ducks and turtles. The water level was pretty high since it has recently rained but it had fallen since yesterday. The following image is the river levels for the last several days from the USGS Kokosing Gage Height page.

From General

The river was pretty much clear except a spot along 229 where there were a few fallen trees completely spanning the river. We were able to get under them after pausing to decide the best route to try it. It could have been rougher had the water been higher or lower, though maybe not too bad. We also passed the Bald Eagle nest and saw one of the Eagles a little down river from that.

View Kokosing River Trip - May 3rd 2009.kmz in a larger map

The whole trip took about 2.5 to 3 hours on the river plus a bit driving and cinching the kayaks down to the roof of the car. All in all a wonderful day.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

How was YOUR commute this morning?

This last Monday morning I had to drop off my car at the garage to get it worked on. Having recently purchased kayaks I figured, why walk home when I can kayak! So, I loaded the kayak on the car and set off.

From Kayaking_April_2009

I dropped the kayak off at the first bridge just upstream from my house, tucking it away a bit so it would be obvious, then drove up the hill to the garage. I had a pleasant walk back down the hill and put in on the sandbar under the bridge.

From Kayaking_April_2009

I leisurely paddled and drifted downstream, it was only 8:15 AM, still plenty of time before I started work at 9:00 AM, no need to rush.
From Kayaking_April_2009

Right upstream of some of our light rapids I came across a fallen tree and a spring running into the river.

Kokosing Commute - Spring from Austin Godber on Vimeo.

After the spring I ran through the rapids. I couldn't take any pictures since I had to paddle. Just past them I came across some of my noisy neighbors.
From Kayaking_April_2009

A little more paddling around the bend and I pulled up into my front yard.
From Kayaking_April_2009

These kayaks aren't too heavy, so I can safely lug it out of the river and haul it up the hill on my own, good thing I have been doing those pushups though.
From Kayaking_April_2009

This easily makes the winter worth it. So, how was YOUR commute today?