I've been to five European countries in two months. It seems jet lag is a constant part of my life lately. Work, tending the garden and travel.
I got home on Friday, and crashed early. By 5:30 AM I was awake and looking for things to go. I cleaned and filled the hummingbird feeder, did some laundry, had 2 cups of espresso, unpacked by suitcase, tilled the gardens, planted some flowers, weeded, trimmed and mowed. By 2:30 PM I was done with my chores. By now my body was telling me it was 8:30 PM. I need to reset my internal clock.
I have done very little paddling lately. I put my boat on the car and headed to a place on the Susquehanna I like to paddle.
I was now late afternoon and the sun was heading down to the west. I wouldn't set for nearly 5 hours, but there were shady places along the shoreline.
I came across a mother mallard and a brood of mallard ducklings on the shoreline. The ducklings scattered into the brush and were lost from sight. Mother duck flew upstream about 80 feet. As I was paddling that direction I would get to within 50 feet of her, and she flew upstream again. She was trying to draw me away from her babies!
This occurred a half a dozen times. I really wanted her to fly downstream and get back to her children. I figured I would not play her game anymore and just paused in the river. After a few minutes she then flew downstream. What a good mother!
I stayed close to the bank, looking for shade. I rounded a corner and came across a deer. I did not seem to mind me too much, and kept foraging. After a few minutes it headed off into the woods.
I was thinking about the river. In this section the current can be quite strong after a storm (with significant changes in river height), and the shorelines are very muddy. Not an easy place for plants to grow or people to go ashore.
A saw little bird life. In te spring there are a lot of ducks, geese, hawks and eagles (beside the redwing blackbirds). Now, I just saw a few mourning doves getting a drink of water.
As thee afternoon wore on, the shadows lengthened. Now paddling downstream it was easier, and I had a slight headwind to cool me off.
I came across another deer (probably the one I saw earlier). It seemed pretty nonchalant.
My nemesis the Japanese knotweed was quite common and dense) along the shoreline in many places.
I was surprised to see a racoon looking for food along the shoreline. He saw me but did not appeared to concerned. I believe that land animals seem to consider quiet, slow moving watercraft as non-threatening.
The water was very calm and mirror like. It was so relaxing to to stop paddling and soak up the daylight.
I could feel my internal clock resetting.
I really need to paddle more often. It is good for the soul...