When we (Neal, a new Rough Rider, and I) arrived at Honeoye Lake, we couldn't seem to find the park to launch from so we stopped at a gas station to ask for directions. As we pulled into the gas station I finally decided it would be a good idea to pull out my map of NY to see where exactly we were. Somehow we’d managed to miss Honeoye and end up at Conesus (3 lakes over! oops)...
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...
It’s a cute little lake located about ten miles southeast of Watkins Glen. It's named after the Senecan Princess Kayutah, whose mother filled the lake with tears after her daughter was kidnapped. The east and west shores are lined with houses and trailers. The put-in is at the north end.
We canoed around the lake, stopping to check out the inlet and outlet at the north and south ends of the lake, respectively. We saw some big beaver dams (one completely blocked off the outlet channel). The ferns were beautiful in the evening sun. I would show you a picture, but I decided it would be a good idea to set my camera on the back of my car before driving away along the bumpy dirt road. oh well. maybe it will turn up.
Thunderstorms were in the forecast, so it was quite exciting when the wind picked up and the temperature dropped just as we reached the far end of the lake. Click "Read More" to see a map of the route.
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...
One morning Ben and I decided to make the voyage (is that the aqueous version of ‘trek’?) to Taughannock Park, starting at East Shore Park. We were on the foggy water by about 7:30AM.
Sometimes I go canoeing too. I thought about adding a “and sometimes canoeist” clause to the title of this blog, but that was just too long. On May 11th the Cornell Outdoor Education (COE) Wizards circumnavigated Dryden Lake (a great feat). Here are some photos (click "Read More" below to see many more!):
Yep, that’s right… I'm super lame and went kayaking on Slope Day instead of seeing… Drake? Who is that? Slope day is Cornell University's annual end of year party, in which a committee of students chooses a band/singer/rapper (mostly the latter) to play a concert on the steep grassy slope connecting West Campus to the rest of the university.
We (Ben, Rob, Anna, and I) met at the southern tip of Seneca Lake and launched from Lakeside Park in Watkins Glen around 7:30AM. This means my alarm was set for 5:30AM… it was painful. We decided (by “we” I mean Anna, because she is the official decision maker) that since the lake was glassy-calm we would first paddle out in the open and think about exploring the inlet later. So off we went!
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