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After dog agility class with Rags in the morning, we decided to take advantage of the beautiful weather on 10/10/10 and head to Split Rock Reservoir with Scraps and Rags.  I decided to DVR the Giant game, load the car up and head north to Split Rock where we could hopeful get in some colors from the changing foliage.  It was still premature but still very nice.

It was in the 70’s and sunny with a little breeze on the water.  Though it was picture perfect out there it wasn’t quite nice enough for Scraps so after a paddle across the narrow part of the reservoir we decided to head home.  The whole trip was about only one half hour but it was too bad because the photographic potential of the day was really good.  We even saw a few other dogs in boats on the reservoir.  Enjoy these pictures of Scraps on the kayak, it’s probably the last time you’ll see him out on it.

To view a slideshow of the photos taken or to purchase downloads ($0.99/download), prints or other items go to my SmugMug link below.  There are some great pictures of Rags on the water and the beauty of Split Rock on a sunny day in early fall.

http://fidogenic.smugmug.com/Kayaking/SplitRock/2010-10-10-Kayking-Split-Rock/14131523_Afst8

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DCC_1604It’s the Sunday of Labor Day and even though September 6 is as late as you get for Labor Day weekend, the weather was warm and beautiful. We haven’t been kayaking for about 2 months now but the weather and the timing of the day dictated we get back on the boats with the dogs.  I loaded up the car this morning and we arrive at Splitrock around 11:30am and were in the water right about noon.  Once I check the video tape it will give me a more accurate schedule of the paddle.  Though the parking lot was crowded we were able to squeeze into  a spot, unload, go to the bathroom, and head down hill to the reservoir.

There was a group of around six boats getting into the water with us which was good because this one lady with a lifeguard shirt on helped us enter the boats by holding them steady,  Getting in was no problem.  Within a few minutes Rags plopped in the water wanting to get to Kathy’s boat.  That was okay, it was nice out and the water is clean.  We headed toward the eastern side of the island proceeding counterclockwise.  This was opposite to the way we went the previous time we went to Splitrock.  The water was very calm with just the slightest of breezes and only a few wispy clouds in the sky.  Short of dragon flies we saw no wildlife.

I flew ahead at the beginning always liking to get some speed but I left Kathy in the dust, leaving Scraps to pace back and forth.  When we got to the skinny channel on the eastern side of the island the water turned to glass.  We stuck together for the most part through the channel and then for the next 20 minutes I towed Kathy and the dogs at a pretty good pace.  We went further north than we did in our initial paddle at Splitrock and then we zoomed back to the put-in/take out point just east of the dam.  It felt good to tow them all, ’twas a good work out.

Take-out was less busy than the last time we came here but there was still plenty of activity in the ramp area.  Kathy got out first, not worrying about getting your feet wet makes it a lot easier on these rocky shores.  I followed and then 20 minutes and we were packed and gone.  A nice day on the lake for two and a-half hours in perfect conditions.  Probably the last time we will be warm while paddling this year.  Hopefully we will have some beautiful autumn colors to photography on the colder days ahead.

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DCC_9690We tied the two kayaks and the two dogs to Kathy’s parent’s pontoon boat and headed out to enjoy a beautiful day in July on Lake Wallenpaupack, Poconos, PA.  Kathy’s parents and their friends Paul and Lois were on the boat with us and they were a great help in taking care of the dogs for us for a little bi

We left the dock at about 1:20pm on the Sunday of the 4th of July weekend and we got to the cove where we anchored the pontoon boat at about 1:45.  By about 2:15 I was in the water with Rags and Kathy was getting in the water with Scraps.  Getting in and out from the boat was really easy since you had something above you to hold on to as you lowered and raised yourself out of the kayak.

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We headed to the tip of the cove and quickly found a dead end.  Rags fell in for the first and only time as she tried to leave the boat and go onto a rock.   She did a split between the two fo them and fell in.   No big deal.  I pulled her back into the boat and she shock herself dry.

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We headed out of the cove, past the pontoon boat and headed into some choppier water.  There were a few wakes that were some fun, but for the most part kayaking on the lake is pretty dull.  I did manage to scare a gaggle of ducks out of the water and to fly 10 feet.  That was about it for wildlife.  Most of the wildlife was comprised of drunken Keystone Rednecks that filled the lake with their big boats.  We dropped the dogs off with the parents around 3:30 and paddled a little longer by ourselves until about 4:00.  It was cool that Kathy was able to get the dogs to stand on the boogie boards in the water.

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That’s it.

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