We pulled the kayaks out of storage a couple of nights ago and early the next morning Michaela (our daughter) was on the lake exploring. Here is her description of her foggy morning kayak trip on Boot Lake shortly after ice-out.
When I got up it was dark and foggy, and I had that early morning feeling which comes from getting up at unaccustomed hours. I walked down to the kayak rack in a mist and a brisk wind. The birds were singing crazily in the trees, as I pushed the kayak into the water. The loons, geese, swans, and ducks were creating music that cannot be made with any human instrument. The fog blanketed the lake and enveloped me, making me feel as if I were part of it. Through the mist appeared a swan, perfectly white and looking as if it should be a picture. Unfortunately, I was not close enough to get a photo. Entering a shallow bay I saw a fishing lure; a jitter bug, red and white, hanging suspended in the water. As the fog lifted I could now see a beautiful drake wood duck swimming under a tree that was dripping with dew. I was hoping to get close enough for a photo, but the drake had different ideas; he took off with a great show of splashing and calling. I was disappointed, but as I paddled under the tree, three more ducks exploded out of the branches; I nearly jumped out of my shoes. Realizing I was getting hungry, I decided to pick up my pace and was soon pulling my kayak up on shore. By Michaela Ahrendt