Impromptu kayaking trip

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 6:30 a.m.: Come up with idea for an early morning kayaking trip because I can’t sleep even though it’s the weekend.

7 a.m.: Grab 4-liter Sea to Summit dry bag containing compass (in case I get lost), whistle (in case I need help) and Gerber knife (in case of something), and slip out while everyone else is asleep.

7:15 a.m.: Drive off with kayak, paddle, backup paddle (in case I lose the paddle) and life vest lashed to or otherwise stowed in the Jeep.

7:24 a.m.: Reach the shore, ease into the kayak with the plan of circling the Island of No Worries, begin paddling upstream.

7:35 a.m.: Spot a yellow and orange bobber tangled in a mass of tree limbs reaching up from the river. Liberate it with the knife (so that’s why I brought it), spot a fishing lure in the same mass and collect it as well. Continue on.

8:05 a.m.: Reach the upstream tip of the island, begin traveling downstream on the other side.

8:15 a.m.: Round the downstream side of the island and begin back upstream to the port.

8:25 a.m.: Land at a weed-covered boat ramp that I didn’t notice when I started. Load up the kayak.

8:35 a.m.,: Drop by my favorite downtown, non-franchise coffee shop, discover it doesn’t open until 9:30 a.m. on the weekend. Bah.



Photo: River fishing

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Photo: River fishing

I took a bike ride with my son along the Cedar River this week. During a break, we spotted some people fishing.

Photo: Drought fishing

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One of the defining features of our town is the Cedar River, which meanders through its heart, providing a place to relax and find nature among buildings several stories tall. It’s also a place to fish, if you are into catfish.

This summer,the fishing hasn’t been good because the river is low from months of heat and drought. The good news is, you don’t have to wear hip waders.

I snapped this photo of a fisherman walking across the shallow river in the morning. His buddy is a few yards to the right of the shot on a field of rocks that normally marks the river bottom but is now a small island, similar to the one in the background of the shot.

Photo of the week: Fog

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