On this past Friday afternoon, southeast Wisconsin enjoyed one of those rare April days that are sunny with temperatures in the seventies. At the last minute, I had someone call and schedule a kayak trip on the Fox River from Big Bend to Tichigan just because it was going to be such a beautiful day and they didn’t want to waste it indoors. It did turn out to be a wonderful day to be on the water. We saw sandhill cranes, swans, red-winged blackbirds, geese, and swimming muskrats. We even saw a couple of other kayakers on the river. The winds were light and the current languid. While I was officially “working”, it was the most relaxing kind of work that I can imagine. Seven miles went by too quickly and the trip was soon over. I was glad to have snatched a few hours of enjoyment in my kayak while introducing some new paddlers to a place and an activity I love. Right now, days like these are to be savored. Two days later, it was windy, raining, and only 40 degrees. In another month, the meat of the paddling season will begin and I will most likely be kayaking or canoeing nearly every day of the week. Here’s hoping that every one of those days is as enjoyable as the first of the season.
See you on the water!