Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Hume Lake June 26, 2010

Hume Lake is an 85 acre man-made lake in the Sequoia National Park. The altitude is 5200'. The lake is fed by the gorgeous Ten Mile Creek, and drains back to said creek over a unique concrete reinforced multiple arch dam. Surrounded by evergreens and sandy soiled, it reminds me of Maine. The drive to the lake is easy (in summer) and scenic; any trip into the Sequoia National Forest is worth it. I took video with an HD-Flip, and it is a bit jumpy (I was in a boat on a lake after all....). I have been going here on an annual camping trip for over 20 years and it is always fantastic.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Back Bay June 5, 2010

Paddled out from the Baywood Pier at 6 pm with Lorelei and Ron, meeting Jim (coming from Cuesta)out in the water. We spotted a bat ray in the Baywood inlet, with one swimming right next to my boat. Sweet!. We paddled to the algae out at the sand spit, and worked our way toward the opening of Shark Inlet before heading back along the shoreline past Cuesta and back to Baywood. We made it out of the water and loaded on the truck just at dusk. A fine outing.

Back Bay June 4, 2010

Well, it's been a while! I have paddled numerous times between January and June, but have neglected to log the paddles to this blog. Today's paddle was from the pier in Baywood, out to the sand spit and return. I headed out around 6 pm into a pretty stiff breeze with some white caps. On the sand spit side, the algae bloom that appears each year was present (usually, the algae appears in May; whether it did or not this year I can't say because I was absent from the bay for the entire month). There were enough breaks in the algae to pick a path through. Fun. I returned in time to pick up a Pad Thai at Noi's at 7pm.