Kayaking in the Fog

posted Mar 28, 2015, 10:40 AM by Richard Sevenich   [ updated Mar 28, 2015, 10:45 AM ]

I hope never to be caught kayaking in a sea (advective) fog. However, a radiation fog, when it's lifting, can be wonderful for kayaking. It adds an aura of mystery, sometimes leading to splendid photos (well, maybe not with my camera). Yesterday, our wee Lake Pend Oreille had such conditions. The water is still cold at ~43° F, so I was in my dry suit. The additional benefit of the fog was to keep the direct sun from roasting me.

The Gantlet

The photo just above is similar to what a just deceased kayak enthusiast sees when approaching the mythical Pearly Gates.

The 3 of us drove to Hope, then launched at Pringle Park. We paddled along the shore of Ellisport Bay, the Hope Peninsula, and finally to a deserted Sam Owen Campground for a snack break. Conditions were calm, but on the way back we had a light following breeze. This particular route becomes busy after Memorial Day, so we enjoyed a quiet outing. We sighted one eagle, geese of course, but not the western grebes nor buffleheads as seen the other day near the Pack River delta.

This photo suggests that my snapshot camera isn't sufficient, but one can sort of make out the eagle.