The kayak gods were against us yesterday as Jeff Buchman, Heather Adams, and I embarked to circumnavigate Honeoye Lake. I awoke to birds outside my window and thought, "Wow, it sure is bright outside for being 6:30am... ... CRAP! It's 7:45am!" Already 15 minutes late to meet Rob in Trumansburg (a 25 minute drive from Ithaca). As it turned out, Rob couldn't join us anymore, so I was able to give the Rochesterians a heads-up and meet them a half hour later. No stress.
An hour into the drive I got a call from Heather, who was already at Sandy Bottom Park- our launch spot at the north end of the lake. Apparently there were signs posted near the water warning of hazardous water conditions due to an algal bloom. When Jeff and I arrived, we decided to brave the green and paddle anyway!
We put in around 8:30am at the south end of the lake at Scott Park. During the short paddle down the inlet, we were welcomed by the fumes of burning garbage, but luckily that passed once we got to the lake...
After getting a serious case of “kayaker’s high” from the gorgeous paddle the night before, Rob, Ben, and I decided to meet up at 8am at Taughannock State Park to squeeze in another morning paddle. We put in on the north shore of the park...
On Sunday night, Rob, Ben, and I drove up to Long Point State Park for an evening exploration of a new part of Cayuga Lake. We put in at Long Point State Park near Aurora, NY, on the east side of the lake...
Owasco is a fun little lake with lots of nooks and crannies to explore. On a windy day you can explore the inlet instead of paddling on the lake. To get to the put-in at the south end of the lake, drive to Southshore Marina and take the little dirt road at the back of the parking lot. You will end up at a small parking lot near where the inlet meets the lake...
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