Ok so I am woefully behind already! We have ventured out on the water several times now as I write this, but I will start at the beginning and hopefully remember SOMETHING about each adventure. On the 19th of April, we went out on our first trip of the season with our friend Lisa to Putnam Pond adjacent/mostly surrounded by the Pharaoh Lake Wilderness Area in the Adirondacks. It was a beautiful day! A teeny bit chilly, but sunny. The launch was easy and it was nice to enjoy this scenic pond in relative solitude. It seems that this area gets quite a bit of use during the season, but at this time of year was lovely. We stopped at a nice campsite to have a little lunch. The shape of the pond allows for lots of shoreline exploration; curvy peninsulas as well as some interesting islands . We saw a pair of common mergansers, loons, and a big bird of prey that I cannot remember at this point - osprey? broadwing hawk? I'll be better about this as the season progresses! There are some spots to get out and hike a trail which we did not do on this trip but would be fun to spice it up a little on subsequent visits. It is only about 50 minutes away so in a future trip we could be sure to do that.
This was Lisa's maiden voyage in her new pelican kayak! It was a great first trip out. Also Claire got a new "Adventure Vest" which I'm sure we'll be seeing a lot more of.... it has lots of pockets for her to collect things (instead of asking Mom to hold them for her :-).
more pics at http://picasaweb.google.com/kseleen/PutnamPond#