Kip’s Comments 1-1-18

New Year's Day Paddle 2018 - Image 480229 (© Kip Ladage)

 

A New Year’s Day Tradition

Twenty-six years ago today my buddy Darrin and I enjoyed our first New Year’s Day float. Back then we paddled my trusty aluminum canoe. Today fifteen of us paddled kayaks on the Cedar River below the dam in Cedar Falls.    

As expected, our numbers were down considerably from last year. On January 1, 2017 we set a record at 75 paddlers. With today’s conditions we had far fewer paddlers on the water. Even with a smaller number of folks on the water, we all had a great time.  

According to the National Weather Service, the conditions when we were paddling were a temperature of -6 degrees with a wind of 12mph for a wind chill factor of -25 degrees. Since we were somewhat protected on the water, the wind chill factor may have been a few degrees warmer.   

I was curious if this year was our most challenging based on temperature. Kristy researched and came up with the following temperature statistics: 

1992 – 34°, 1993 – 17°, 1994 – 43°,1995 – 17°, 1996 – 34°, 1997 – 48°,1998 – 45°, 1999 – 14°,

2000 – 44°,2001 – 14°, 2002 – 21°, 2003 – 33°, 2004 – 52°, 2005 – 36°, 2006 – 47°, 2007 – 34°,

2008 – 17°, 2009 – 36°,2010 – 8°, 2011 – 18°, 2012 – 38°, 2013 – 16°, 2014 – 12°, 2016 – 39°,

2016 – 36°, 2017 – 37°, 2018 – -6°.

Clearly today we set a record for the most brisk conditions for our New Year’s Day float.    

During the float I shot some photos of the event. As you can see, all had a good time. Some of us even worked up a sweat due to wearing so many layers of clothing while being active.    

New Year’s Day 2018 Float:

New Year's Day Paddle 2018 - Image 480132 (© Kip Ladage)

New Year’s Day Paddle 2018 – Image 480132 (© Kip Ladage)

 

New Year's Day Paddle 2018 - Image 480138 (© Kip Ladage)

New Year’s Day Paddle 2018 – Image 480138 (© Kip Ladage)

 

New Year's Day Paddle 2018 - Image 480150 (© Kip Ladage)

New Year’s Day Paddle 2018 – Image 480150 (© Kip Ladage)

 

New Year's Day Paddle 2018 - Image 480180 (© Kip Ladage)

New Year’s Day Paddle 2018 – Image 480180 (© Kip Ladage)

 

New Year's Day Paddle 2018 - Image 480184 (© Kip Ladage)

New Year’s Day Paddle 2018 – Image 480184 (© Kip Ladage)

 

New Year's Day Paddle 2018 - Image 480192 (© Kip Ladage)

New Year’s Day Paddle 2018 – Image 480192 (© Kip Ladage)

 

New Year's Day Paddle 2018 - Image 480214 (© Kip Ladage)

New Year’s Day Paddle 2018 – Image 480214 (© Kip Ladage)

 

New Year's Day Paddle 2018 - Image 480229 (© Kip Ladage)

New Year’s Day Paddle 2018 – Image 480229 (© Kip Ladage)

 

New Year's Day Paddle 2018 - Image 480239 (© Kip Ladage)

New Year’s Day Paddle 2018 – Image 480239 (© Kip Ladage)

 

New Year's Day Paddle 2018 - Image 480240 (© Kip Ladage)

New Year’s Day Paddle 2018 – Image 480240 (© Kip Ladage)

 

New Year's Day Paddle 2018 - Image 480251 (© Kip Ladage)

New Year’s Day Paddle 2018 – Image 480251 (© Kip Ladage)

 

New Year's Day Paddle 2018 - Image 480256 (© Kip Ladage)

New Year’s Day Paddle 2018 – Image 480256 (© Kip Ladage)

 

New Year's Day Paddle 2018 - Image 480271 (© Kip Ladage)

New Year’s Day Paddle 2018 – Image 480271 (© Kip Ladage)

 

New Year's Day Paddle 2018 - Image 480374 (© Kip Ladage)

New Year’s Day Paddle 2018 – Image 480374 (© Kip Ladage)

 

New Year's Day Paddle 2018 - Image 480444 (© Kip Ladage)

New Year’s Day Paddle 2018 – Image 480444 (© Kip Ladage)

 

New Year's Day Paddle 2018 - Image 480445 (© Kip Ladage)

New Year’s Day Paddle 2018 – Image 480445 (© Kip Ladage)

 

New Year's Day Paddle 2018 - Image 480447 (© Kip Ladage)

New Year’s Day Paddle 2018 – Image 480447 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Paddler Dan made the smoothest entry into the water as shown in this video:

New Year’s Day Paddling 2018 – Water Entry          

By the way, we shared the river with nobody else. It was just us paddlers and the Canada geese.  

Canada Geese on and along the Cedar River:

Canada Geese on Ice - Image 479854 (© Kip Ladage)

Canada Geese on Ice – Image 479854 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Canada Geese on Ice - Image 479859 (© Kip Ladage)

Canada Geese on Ice – Image 479859 (© Kip Ladage)

 

After paddling I did a little birding. The species of the afternoon was wild turkey. 

Wild Turkeys in Winter:

Wild Turkey in Winter - Image 479972 (© Kip Ladage)

Wild Turkey in Winter – Image 479972 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Wild Turkey in Winter - Image 479995 (© Kip Ladage)

Wild Turkey in Winter – Image 479995 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Wild Turkey in Winter - Image 480012 (© Kip Ladage)

Wild Turkey in Winter – Image 480012 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Wild Turkey in Winter - Image 480025 (© Kip Ladage)

Wild Turkey in Winter – Image 480025 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Wild Turkey in Winter - Image 480049 (© Kip Ladage)

Wild Turkey in Winter – Image 480049 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Wild Turkey in Winter - Image 480066 (© Kip Ladage)

Wild Turkey in Winter – Image 480066 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Another annual tradition is to make a video compilation of some of the many pictures I shot the previous year.

Click on this link to view : Image Highlights from 2017

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