Sunday, October 3, 2010

Sunrise over Lake Auburn

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An ultra-early work related wake up time for Pappa Bear prompted me to get up and take advantage of the opportunity by getting my kayak loaded onto my car and visiting Lake Auburn in Carver Park Reserve for a sunrise paddle. It was still very dark when I left the house at 6:00am. Stars were twinkling. A chill was in the air that I hoped I would be able to shake once I was on the water. I was the only car in the parking lot at the boat launch when I arrived. I positioned my old Prizm so that her headlights shone down on the boat ramp and dock while I unloaded. The sky was just beginning to lighten as I slipped into the kayak off the dock (no wet feet entry for me!). The water was like glass and my ultralight boat responded to the slightest signals from the paddle. I was still chilly, but unwilling to paddle too fast, as my intention was to absorb as many of the sights and sounds as I could on this journey. I stopped mid-way around the small bay I was paddling when I heard a beaver smack its tail on the water. I turned my boat around and looked for the telltail sign of its presence - a small object moving along the water leaving a v-wake behind. I sat still for a long time watching the beaver collecting aquatic plants and munching them - at least one of us was getting breakfast! This lake is divided into two sections, connected by a small break in the cattails. The section I was on was easily paddled in less than 30 minutes, just in time to arrive back near the dock when the sun was just peeping over the trees. I sat there in awe, soaking up the sun and its warmth, grateful for neoprene gloves and socks and wishing for a mug of hot chocolate to warm me from the inside. After tearing my eyes away from the newly risen sun, I looked around and watched the light kiss the colorful trees on the shoreline. Putting the boat away was a much easier task in the daylight, especially when surrounded by trees like this. The next time sleep eludes you in the early morning hours, skip the TV morning shows. Put on your long underwear and warm wool jacket and mittens, and head over to the nearest lake. I guarantee the show God puts on for you will far surpass anything that the Today Show has to offer. Blessings -

2 comments:

Jennifer said...

These are beautiful pictures! I also loved reading about all of your improvements on the farm - I'm very envious of your country life :) Hope everything is going great!

Victoria Strauser said...

Thank you Jennifer! It's been a long process and we still have a ways to go (like buying our own farm!) but we're getting there one step at a time! Thanks for visiting!

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