On Second Thought…
Six days without paddling makes this fellow antsy, so tonight I ventured out in my canoe. I knew going out that it was windy and the water would be rough, but I had no idea how much my lightweight canoe would be bounced around. I made it across Indian Pond and paddled up to the shortcut to the main channel of the Wapsipinicon River with little struggle. Once their I floated downstream to work my way back to our dock.
When I reached the unprotected area on the lower end of Indian Pond, controlling the canoe was virtually impossible. Instead of risking a capsize that would have involved me getting me getting wet in cold water and my camera equipment being destroyed, I paddled to shore as quickly as I could and got off the water. After making it to solid ground, I then portaged back to our cabin.
That hike with the canoe over my shoulder should have been uneventful, but the wind battered my canoe like a kite. I had my hands full and was glad to reach the cabin where my equipment was retired for the evening. I will go out again on a better day.