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Lake George Narrows Paddle ~ Aug 23, 2012

Journal entry by Lenore and Jack Reber for Tom Gibbs



Nineteen people, eighteen watercraft, and fifteen cars wound their way down the dusty road to the parking lot for Shelving Rock put in. The trail to the lake tested our wheels and our arms, but all made it without incident. We launched onto a calm lake on a glorious August day. Tom and Claire led us around the islands in the narrows. The waves grew as we spotted loons, dodged inconsiderate power boaters, and found island lunch spots with sensational swimming. A Lake George tour boat tooted at us.

After lunch, some of us explored Red Rock Bay and others began the return to the launch site. The wind was in our faces the whole day, and the waves got bigger as we paddled back. Peter W. said that it was so clear we could count the trees on the shore. Chief statistician Ray reports that we paddled 5.6 miles. Any estimates of elevation gain on the trail from the lake to the road? About 75 feet? It felt like more dragging the boats up the hill.

We drove back on the really dusty road. Cars and boats will be washed.

Welcome to newcomer Diane. Thank you to CC staff photographer Kathy, and others, for the following pictures. Lenore and Jack for Tom for Don.

8/24/12 - Kathy Taylor added 12 photos.

8/25/12 - Ray Bouchard added 16 photos.

25 photos



Launching from Shelving Rock, Donna and Pete Wood and new member, Diane - by Kathy



Pete and Donna Wood Pete poses while Donna checks his fishing line for lunch "possibilities". - by Kathy



Jo Ellen enjoying a perfect paddle day. - by Kathy



Not a cloud in the sky as we head north from Shelving Rock - by Kathy



We can all see why Lake George is known as the "Queen of the American Lakes" - by Kathy



No challenges paddling, pedaling or being seen on Lake George with the many options on Jim I. boat. - by Kathy



Scoping out the perfect spot for lunch. - by Kathy



Diane discovers her own piece of the rock for lunch. - by Kathy



One of the several large tour boats that passed by. - by Kathy



Jack swam up to the "lakeside bar" with hopes of ordering a margarita. - by Kathy



Barely visible, 2 loons make their getaway from the 19 paddlers heading their way. - by Kathy



Photo by Ray



Photo by Ray



Photo by Ray



Photo by Ray



Photo by Ray



The Race is on to find a lunch spot - by Ray



This spot was taken so we had to push on- by Ray



Ah! Finally a place all to ourselves- by Ray



Photo by Ray



Tom Gibbs, our leader for the day. Thanks for a great trip Tom. - by Ray



Joanne giving Rose a lesson in water ballet- by Ray



Joanne trying to "terrify" Rose with her simulated shark attack - by Ray



One of many "Party Boats" that we saw on this gorgeous day.- by Ray



Even the "Morgan" came by to see what we were having for lunch - by Ray



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