At The Speed of a Leaf
Today Kristy, Doris, Scott, Murphy, and I paddled our kayaks on the Turkey River from Elkader to Motor Mill. It has been decades since I last paddled the Turkey River, so the scenery was new to me.
Unlike the Wapsipinicon River where I typically paddle, the stretch we were on today moved along at a nice pace and had several areas of riffles to challenge us. A couple even caused us to get wet when the river splashed up on us. Since the temperature was in the fifty-degree range, we clearly knew when we had been splashed. That cool water in cool air got your attention.
One detail about today’s paddle that was particularly enjoyable was our pace. We did not paddle all that far, so time was not an issue. At times we floated along on the river at the same speed autumn leaves were moving downstream. Occasionally I would dip a paddle blade in the water to adjust my direction, but not much more. It does not get much more relaxing!
I did not take too many pictures today, opting instead to enjoy the time on the water. Even without shooting much, I think I captured the essence of our activity – especially Motor Mill.
One special picture from the day was this bearded river rat and his dog. Not only is he talented to paddle with a large dog moving around in his vessel, but he wins the “Best Dressed” award for the day! Add to that his ability to plan paddle routes and his stash of home-made jerky that he shares. He is a pretty good guy!