So there were 18 kayakers camped at Santee State Park this weekend in SC. I paddled Friday afternoon with String"s grandson and his friend for a short trip. I had joined 4 other paddlers when I reach for my camera to take a photo only to realize I forgot my PFD with the camera in its pocket. Wow what a dumb mistake that could have cost me $150 if DNR had checked me I was only a short way from the ramp and headed back immediately. I always wear it and for reasons other than a hefty fine. As I approached the ramp String with the 2 boys and the kayaks were there. The boys wanted to paddle so I said sure as I walked to my car I said remember don’t forget your PFD. String rolled his eyes and had some smart remark.
It’s always good to meet up with good paddling friends for the first time each year so there was lots of catching up to do as we cooked hotdogs over the fire. The next morning we paddled across the lake and around Persanti Island. The wind was up a little that morning so we had a fun bumby paddle over to the Island. Once behind the island we were sheltered from the wind. We saw lots of Osprey nesting, numerous cormorants, anhingas, coots, a blue heron, and laughing gulls. On our way back across the lake a huge flight of cormorants flew by. It took several minutes for them to pass. There were hundreds in the air flying by. I missed the afternoon paddle launch so packed as I was heading home after the evening potluck, and boy was I lucky not to miss out on that. Headed home about 9:30 and got back at 11:30. I had a good time with new and old paddling friends.
Sunrise over Lake Marion
Paddling the lake to Persanti Island
Flight of the Cormorants