Much of my paddling pleasure is going for an hour on the LaHave River, just a short walk from my back door - or sometimes loading the kayak for a short drive to launch nearby for a morning or afternoon paddle. I am so blessed to live this close to the water. They are usually solo paddles; it's a special treat to go with companions!
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Seven of us from our church drove a couple hours - to Shelburne, NS - for a beautiful, leisurely paddle on Bloody Creek. Nature's beauty: dense vegetation with huge overhanging trees, turtles, jumping trout, baby owl with Mama watching not far away, bullfrogs. Peaceful and a few spots to watch for boulders and logs under the water. Spectacular weather. Photo credits: Steven Hiltz
Here's a "finding Waldo" exercise - about a third way down on the center pine tree there's a very vague light patch. That is a baby owl. Didn't want to get any closer for this shot (using my phone camera) as Mama had flown to another tree in the area; didn't trust her in the event of her offspring getting agitated.
Eight of us paddlers launched from the end of Crescent Beach - pulled up on the backside of Bay Beach, where we scrambled over the sand dune to see a beach that rivals in beauty with the Caribbean (without the palm trees!). Purpose of the trip was to collect garbage along the beach left from last year’s campers on the Cape LaHave Island and (garbage) flotsam drifted ashore from the Atlantic. A local fisherman in his motorboat generously ferried the heavy 9 huge garbage bags full and two vehicle tires back to the mainland . Return trip about 10K.