The nor'easter that went up the east coast yesterday and early this morning just left a slushy inch of snow with us.
I wanted to do some paddling in the snow. The scenery would have been spectacular as there is still some color on the trees.
I set out anyway. There was some snow on the boat -
but by the Otter there was no snow.
It was very peaceful, but the winds were from the north and cold. Luckily, I had fleece on, dry-pants, neoprene socks, by paddling jacket, and PFD. With my hood up and gloves on, I was fine.
The osprey have been gone for quite a while. I would occasionally see some ducks. Off in the distance I would hear the the retort of guns from waterfowl hunter out on the lake.
I paddled into the 'Hidden Marsh'. In the spring flood I could paddle to the far side. Now I could only progress 1/4 of the way in.
I spooked a few of the late-season blue heron.
Sometimes I could just sit and take in the quiet!
I continued upstream, The maritime museum had a few of their row boats down at a marina on the Otter.
I paddled up to the mouth of Dead Creek. The water is much lower now than in the spring. I could paddle under the bridge into Dead Creek.
There was a lone heron off in the distance.
I started back. I had the wind in my face, but it was now around 40 degF. I had seen a single cormorant earlier. He was now working his way into the Hidden Marsh.
Six month ago I posted about a beaver lodge I had chanced upon. It was still active (you can tell as there are young, freshly-cut saplings and branches submerged near the lodge. No signs of beaver!
I noticed a small channel behind the lodge. It looks like the beaver have been busy keeping a channel open. I decided to paddle into it to see where it went.
It meandered a short distance, and opened up into a broad marsh.
I came across another beaver lodge. I also saw this one back in April when the river was flooded.
I headed back to the car. It will be some time before the river freezes. Then I'll have to be content sitting in my 'lodge' like the beavers, waiting for ice-out on the river. Stay Warm!