Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Canoeing - Ballston Lake

This afternoon, Holly and I went for a short paddle on Ballston Lake, only a few miles from her house in Burnt Hills.

It's a long narrow lake, about 3 miles long, oriented north-south, and the only public access is at the northern end. There were only a few motorboats out today, and it was interesting to see all of the private camps and residences along the shoreline. With an imperceptible northerly tailwind, we had an easy paddle heading south, and reached the widest part of the lake in about 20 minutes. Then we turned around, and yikes! It took us almost twice that to get back to the put-in, with a northerly wind that was now all but imperceptible. Note to self - do this again only on a calm day.

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