I woke up on a Sunday to a beautiful day with a great forecast and for the first time in a long time, I had nothing to do!
I thought about what to do and settled on a nice relaxing paddle in my kayak.
The weekend before this one, I was at Ontario Sea Kayak Center to take my Instructor Course and I needed a stress free fun paddle today.
I thought about all the places I could go and finally decided on Go Home Lake.
I had not yet paddled there and was curious to check out the lake and some of the waterways nearby and see how far I could get.
I put my Delta up on my car, packed a lunch and some snacks and filled my water bladder for my pfd and headed out.
Go Home Lake is only a 30 minute drive from where I currently live in Port Carling. Once I arrived I quickly got my boat into the water, grabbed the essentials and headed out.
I was happy to be out exploring again, no schedules, no rules, just me and my kayak exploring a new place. I was happy as a clam.
The lake had several speed boats on it and I’m sure in the weeks and months to come, it would be busier. I managed to find a few areas where only a kayak or canoe could go and set off to explore them without the buzz of a motor boat humming in my ears.
I did a small portage over a beaver dam and through a shallow stream and ended up on this calm quiet lake with no one on it. It was so beautiful and peaceful and I wanted to just hang out there for the day.
As I was sitting at the end of a lake having a snack, this big bird flew up and sat in the tree next to me. I believe it is a female goshawk but not 100% sure on that. Along with this rare bird, I also encountered lots of bugs as the wind was non existent. (hence the buff on my head and covering my ears)
I was lucky enough to see a loon when I went back to the main lake, but it was pretty far and after playing hide and seek with me for about a half hour, I gave up and settled on having the photo above.
I found this quaint little bridge so I paddled up to get a closer look.
Very cool how this beaver dam can hold all that water back. The differences in the levels were huge and it was pretty amazing to me.
I paddled back towards the parking area and decided to go the other direction into the shallow waters.
They were very calm and mirrored (as I love them) but that also again meant, no wind and lots of bugs. Ahhh the things I do for pretty pictures!
I got quite a ways, but then arrived at this culdesac and although I was tempted to go through it, I knew I probably wouldn’t get very far on the other side as the water here was extremely shallow… and… did I mention it was SUPER BUGGY? LOL
I headed back to the put in and unloaded my kayak and put it back on my car. It was a beautiful day exploring on the water and I was very happy I’d decided to come here. Even though there were a few speed boats flying around, most of my time was fairly calm and peaceful, just what I needed.!
I hope you enjoyed my post and it inspires you to get outside and do some exploring!
Unfortunately, paddling time is almost over in my area now. I really enjoyed all the awesome kayak and canoe adventures I went on this year and can not wait to get back on the water in the Spring, and yes, even with all the bugs. Until then, I have lots of great adventures coming up! It’s time to focus on fall and winter camping (yay! no bugs) and I can not wait to take my new hot tent out for a spin! Hope you’ll come along!