Lincoln Rock Kayak Outing 8/19/2016

This crane was on the large side
This crane was on the large side

We spent from Tuesday, 8/16 early until about 1pm today, 8/19, at Lincoln Rock State Park, in eastern Washington, outside Wenatchee, camping and having various kinds of fun.

I did four kayak trips along the Columbia River (which is dammed up in this  area so is more like a lake) including one today that we mapped.  We headed out at 5:50 am on a beautiful summer day, had the water mostly to ourselves, and got a good workout and had a great time.

Starting out early
Starting out early
Our route on Google Earth
Our route on Google Earth

Right after we pulled in after the outing I looked at my Garmin and it said 5.1 miles.  But the actual track, represented on Google Earth above, was 5.7 miles.  Whatevs – paddling a kayak is not overly strenuous, unless you want it to be.  It is just fun.  And what sights along the way.

That little dark spot is a lone fir tree
That little dark spot is a lone fir tree
Gorgeous hills at sunrise
Gorgeous hills at sunrise
Sunrise/Moonset
Sunrise/Moonset

The moon lately has been so beautiful.  We watched it rise over the hills at night and there it still was this morning, but on the other side of the sky and going the other direction.

Not every view is sublime, but if anyone is unclear on what kayaking is:

Using a kayak
Using a kayak

That crane had a nest on a rock in a rocky area that we aimed for, having visited it the day before.  It is fun to be able to get close to this area, at a leisurely pace, and enjoy the birds enjoying nature:

Bird Rock Cafe
Bird Rock Cafe

But now the little vacation is over and we will sleep in actual beds – those tents are fun but beds are OK as well.

Hopefully we can do this again next year.

 

5 thoughts on “Lincoln Rock Kayak Outing 8/19/2016”

  1. Looking at the crane, it made me wonder how closely it’s related to herons. I’m going to look into it! Beautiful pix. Fran

    1. Let me know what you find, I will share with Derek. I missed being so close, I paddled ahead a bit and that was when he encountered the crane. It’s a wonderful place and his family has been going there for decades.

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