Wednesday, April 23, 2008
It isn't every day one gets a chance to paddle with a fellow 'klogger', but last weekend KiwiBird and I spent most of the day on the water together. The day was warm and sultry, with a bit of wind now and then to cool us off. Neither of us was dressed for full immersion, but prepared for a quick plunge should it occur.
By lunch we were hot and hungry and also at the end of the lake, a small, tumbling rock-filled stream which blocked any further progress. We ate and then headed back. About half the distance to the putin, thunder rolled in the distance. Dark clouds pushed up to the other side of the lake. Then a bit of lightning and a breeze. Suddenly we were hit by a brisk wind and pelting rain, pushing at our rear quarter. Waves began building rapidly. A lightning bolt struck so close to us it came simultaneously with the thunder! We dug our paddles in hard, trying to control our skittish boats as we raced to the put-in. Sliding into a calm inlet beside the boat ramp, we finally managed to smile again. It was a close call and a bit scary, but an exciting finish to a day on the water. We managed to beat the odds, dodge the lightning, surf the waves and tell the tale.