First Paddle of 2011

First Paddle

First Paddle

 

It’s Wednesday, April 6, 2011.  At 10:45am the sky was sunny and blue with white puffy clouds.  The air temp. was 45°F and the water a cool 34°F.  A perfect morning for the first paddle of the season.  Ice still lined the edges of the river but the channel was open and provided easy paddling.  Not wanting to test the cold water we cautiously slid into our kayaks along an icy shoreline.  It didn’t take long to get back into the swing of paddling.  Not far upstream we encountered our first Bald Eagle sighting.  We saw a total of (7) Bald Eagles.  At one point, we could see all seven at one time.  What a sight!  We also saw three other large birds that we think were Golden Eagles.  They were brownish gold in color and as big or bigger than the Bald Eagles.  Golden Eagles are not common in this area of northern Wiscosin but we are within their range.  Not sure what else they could have been.  Only one word can describe this April morning paddle.  AWESOME!!!

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