It seems like only last week or last month but it has been a lot longer. It has been a year since I paddled my kayak on Lake Yonah. Yesterday, we just went about our normal process and unloaded the boats, sprayed ourselves really well with sunscreen, filled our kayaks with water and Gatorade and [...]
We were able to paddle out from a friend's house on the back or head waters of Lake Hartwell. Really, this and the Tugaloo River is the very beginning of the Lake. Yesterday, the temperatures were warm enough but the wind was, once again, ruthless! It seems like every time we paddle, we are paddling [...]
Some people may ask, "What's the big deal? You go out on the river all the time with your kayak." But recently and especially over the last nine months, I haven't. In fact, this is the first time the kayak has hit the water since my operation and cancer diagnosis. In the beginning I was [...]
When we paddled out into a sea of glass. These are the back waters of Lake Hartwell. I love this area. While the paddle out was smooth, the paddle back was straight into the wind. Pat has taken over my little sit on top boat. These little boats can be tossed into an SUV and [...]
This was the first day we have paddled just over a week ago, and we wanted to explore the lake before the levels increase. Notice the shoreline in this photo; Lake Hartwell is struggling to get past the major decline from an almost year-long drought. All the rocks behind Pat are usually underwater but you [...]
This lake always, always freaks me out. I think it is because I know how deep it its. When I was in college, Georgia Power decided to do maintenance on the dam that holds the lake back into Tallulah Gorge. The water level was taken down over 80 feel and there was plenty of lake [...]
I love the fact that I can drive about 10 minutes and be at Walker Creek. Last Saturday, the river was so still. No dam releases by Georgia Power! So the river was like glass and we could paddle anywhere without a problem. This meant going down stream and back up stream easily. Love this [...]
The evening comes alive with every sunset in northeast Georgia. One of my favorite late-day paddles is five minutes away at Lake Hartwell. We paddle up the Tugaloo River and under the railway bridge and into the view of the mountains. Awesome end to every week!