A few weeks ago my graduate adviser offhandedly mentioned that there was a need to develop a more detailed outline of the south end of Cayuga Lake for the hydrologic model he and some colleagues are working on. There is a particularly high need for a more accurate outline of the inlet and other contributing waterways at the southern tip of the lake. In an effort to validate my kayaking with some sort of productive excuse, I offered to take a GPS along while I paddled as far as possible up the various tributaries of Cayuga Lake.
Last Sunday some Ithaca kayaking buddies (Ben, Rob, and Esther) and I headed down to Cass Park to attempt to map the inlet. The GPS seemed to be working and recording data as we paddled, which was a relief! The channels we paddled (from west to east) included:
#1 The "Inlet" - The widest and longest of the four, this channel is relatively unexciting. The wind was coming from the south, so we had a pretty strong breeze to paddle against on the way down. We were stopped by a dam across the channel.
At the pool session last week, I decided to try these two new (for me) Greenland-style rolls (no... I'm not talking about sushi... that would be gross). Luckily Ben was there to film it when I unexpectedly surfaced. This little boat is a magical rolling machine!
Watch Cheri Perry do it here (under "Rolls with no paddle"). I didn't realize that I could extend my left arm out at the end. It also looks like I should tuck a bit more at the beginning. Yay for movies!
Watch Cheri Perry do it here (under "Rolls with no paddle"). I crossed my arms a little differently than she does, and I probably need a bit more snap at the end. But yay for managing to get up in the first place!
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