Kayaking in the ice on Lake Springfield by Gary Allman

It’s Saturday so we must be kayaking

It’s amazing how quickly the weekend and our Saturday lie-in comes around each week.

This morning we hatched a plan to go kayaking on Lake Springfield. The temperature had risen above freezing and, at the time we decided to go at least, the sun was shining.

At the lake I found there was a lot more ice than I was expecting, with only a limited amount of open water. Putting the kayaks in was fine, though we had to break the ice. Thanks to our waterproof socks with nice warm wool socks inside them, getting in (and subsequently out) was fine. We were both nice and warm the entire hour we were out on the lake, and had there been enough free water to really get some paddling in I’d have been too hot.

Some of the ice was thin and it made interesting noises as we scrunched through, and even better was the noise it made if we set ripples running through it. Most of the lake though was covered in ice too thick for us to try and get through.

The conclusions from the day’s exercise were that the insulation in the hulls worked well, the waterproof socks were brilliant, and we now know we can paddle happily just about anytime the water isn’t frozen over.

Today’s Out takes & extras

Winter kayaking

Winter kayaking

Ginger kayaking among the ice on Lake Springfield

Ginger kayaking among the ice on Lake Springfield

Kayaking in the ice on Lake Springfield

Kayaking in the ice on Lake Springfield

Gary kayaking in the ice on Lake Springfield

Out take: Gary kayaking in the ice on Lake Springfield



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