Women's Waldo Lake Canoe/Kayak

Thursday–Saturday, September 5–7, 2013
Leader: Patricia Esch
Canoe: (Easy)

Thursday afternoon, fourteen kayakers moved into Islet Campground at Waldo Lake, and the weather moved in with us. Inch sized hail pelted us, and then it rained and blew and misted until noon the following day. Out came the raingear. Fortunately, we had canopies to protect our kitchen and dinning tables, so we didn't get too wet scampering between them. A lovely fire after the "Yum" meal with apple bars took the chill off before bed.

Any thought of kayaking in the morning on Friday was dashed by blowing mist across a gray lake. No Waldo blue here. The boats stayed under cover, and out came the hiking boots. The avid hikers did The Twins, a pair of cinder cones, a 6 1/2 mile climb with 1600 feet elevation gain and a great view of the Cascade peaks above the cloud sitting on the lake. They reported that it was clear on the east side of the mountains! Another group chose to hike south along the shore trail, protected from the blowing mist by the trees. In the late afternoon, when the storm let up a bit, a few of us braved the water in our kayaks, paddling around in the bays to avoid the rough waves blowing up from the south. Fantastic hors d'oeuvre, salmon burgers, Cadillac cookies and a fire rounded out day two.

Yes! A clear, windless day for perfect kayaking on Saturday. We semi-broke camp and rushed (sort of) to the now blue lake. Some of the boaters opted to paddle along the north shore and part crossed toward the northeastern end, and then back along the shore, with a couple of swimming forays along the way. The infamous Waldo wind stayed away, leaving mirrored surface for our one perfect day.

Special thanks to Nancy for helping me as an unofficial assistant, Pat S. for a second canopy, Jorry for providing games to pass the wet time and everyone for fun and cooperation.

Members: Patricia Esch, Lou Maenz, Anne Bonine, Nancy Whitfield, Joella Ewing, Barbara Aten, Clara Emlen, Helen Martz, Sharon Friedland, Jake (Gail) Bradshaw, Mary Livingston, Pat Soussan, Jorry Rolfe, Judy Newman.

paddlers decide on route—photo by Pat Soussan
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