Weekend Paddling

In preparation for WMCKA next weekend, I figured I’d better get some paddling time in. I also wanted to get a bit more time paddling the fiberglass boat, which despite being the same design as the plastic one, handles differently.

Saturday, I was informed that the Grand Haven Kite Festival was going on, so I figured it would make for some interesting viewing and headed over to Lake Michigan. I saw the forecast that said dense fog until 4:00, and figured that if I showed up at 4:00 I’d hit maybe the very tail end of it… Wrong.

This was the view from the North Shore Park. Not really optimal for paddling solo across a channel with no fog horn, or GPS.

Plan A abandoned, I resorted to a local paddle and headed to the Upper Thornapple River for a cruise. Josh and I had paddled there before. It’s a bit of an architecture tour and there are power boats, but overall it’s not too bad a place to go cruise around. I paddled what I later found to be 3.5 miles up river to the known “end” of the trip, this house:

I continue to be impressed by this mansion of a house on the river. Hopefully the owner won’t mind the picture being posted on my obscure little blog.

The forecast was extended, but was canceled today mid-morning. So, Josh and I headed over to Grand Haven with the same plan in mind as I had on Saturday. Today it worked. We started at North Shore Park and headed around the channel to Grand Haven State Park to see the kites. It was a calm day, and we hadn’t considered how optimal this was for power boats to more just outside the swim area. Still, the kites did not disappoint.

The giant kites – Josh included so you can verify that this is my picture and not scammed off the web.

A more extensive view of the beach.

Video clip of a kite demo. It’s 15MB and I’m not really interested in learning how to embed it at the moment, so you’ll have to download if you want to see it.

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I'm a person. I live in Grand Rapids, MI and work as an Electrical Engineer. My hobbies at the time of this writing are kayaking, skiing, archery, photography and maybe biking. As this is my personal blog, my hobbies are likely the primary topics about which you will be reading.

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