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|The boat launch|
Further up the lake the canyon sides were steep right into the water. You could paddle up to the side and see water cascading down through the blackberry and Maiden Hair ferns. The Maiden Hair really loves to grow on a wet cliff face. Over on the other (north) side of the canyon, it was dry and rocky and here we had Indian Paint Brush and what I think were some kind of harebell.
|Maiden Hair and waterfall|
|Indian Paint Brush and .... Harebell?|
|And it wasn't easy to take those pictures.|
I stayed in the safe little eddy and took her picture. I am a little nervous around these eddies and this kind of bumpy water. I would like to blame it on the new round bottom boat (and that is it a little) but the truth is that I just haven't had enough experiend in bumpy water yet. Funny, being out in the ocean (or upside down in a sea cave) doesn't bother me much. But I KNOW that hidden log is out there looking to pull me under. Even so, I practiced in the flow a couple of times. Got to do it enough to get used to it. I think it would have been better if I had my drysuit on. Did I mention that the water was cold? My partner even mentioned that she was a bit concerned for some of the people that were not wearing skirts. The skirt is a tube you wear around your body that seals to the lip of the kayak cockpit and keeps the water out. It can keep you from taking a wave into the boat and swamping you. It can also make it harder to get out of the boat if you happen to flip over. So there is that.
|He breaks through the Eddy Line|
|And is swept away by the tide|
|He is valiant|
|Moving damn fast|
|And never seen again|
|Old Lava Flow?|