Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Kayaking with my Boy!

We had one full day to spend with my youngest son, Michael, and we were determined to make the most of it. A little planning and dodging the rain here and there, and it all worked out. Michael was excited to kayak and said it was really cool. He's going to come back soon so we can go again. :)

All kayaking shots were taken with either Double D's or my iphone. Next time I'm taking the big camera in the kayak with me. We saw FOUR pileated woodpeckers so close you could almost reach out and touch them. The coolest thing ever!
This is the dock we use to get into the kayaks. There's Michael all smiles and Double D proudly looking on.

Double D leading the way (gators were croaking the whole time)



Michael and me. The humidity did a real number on my hair. :/


Although alligators were in the water, we never saw any while paddling.
Maybe that was a good thing for Michael's first time.

Gators were all along the shoreline of the lake--most likely protecting their babies.

26 comments:

Buttons said...

Oh he will be back I am positive of that, what great fun for him and both of you, he will be talking about this for ever. Your photos are amazing but a bit scary for this girl on a farm only worried about coyotes and bears, and frankly their teeth are not as big:):) Hug B:)

eileeninmd said...

Oh my, that looks scary, just knowing the gators are there! I am glad your son did not see one on his first time! The close ups are amazing!

Roan said...

Looks like a fun day, but those gators are scary!

Carole M. said...

the location to paddle looks super

EG CameraGirl said...

A kinda scary adventure, methinks. The gators! But I would LOVE to be that close to pileated woodpeckers. ;)

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...


I miss my kayaking. But love I haven't had a bout of sciatica in a couple years. Ahhh

I particularly like that last shot.

orchid Miyako said...

OMG!!! You REALLY are one brave lady; alligators croaking. I'd love to be with you "in the big boat" p;) It must be wonderful to be that close to the woodpeckers; they might not to be easily scared in these environment♡♡♡

Sending Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan, xoxo Miyako*

Irma said...

Beautiful pictures and what a beautiful nature is there.
The alligators were not when you were paddling.
I would not, it's scary.
Greetings Irma

Felicia said...

amazing captures Gail. Do the gators ever come up close to the kayak's. love the spanish moss.

barbara l. hale said...

Amazing gator shots! Looks like such an interesting place to spend a day paddling.

barbara l. hale said...

Amazing gator shots! Looks like such an interesting place to spend a day paddling.

Debbie said...

"my hair went flat, man i hate that"!! shania twain!!

looks like a fun day and a great place to kayak. you are brave to stay among the gators!!

Linda said...

Humidity can be a pain for hair! Looks like a beautiful time, Gail, and your closeup of the gator is amazing! Love this series of photos, so glad you had a fun day!

TexWisGirl said...

wow! how cool! if i was michael, i'd be afraid of those gators, though! :) neat to spot 4 pileateds! wow!

Karen said...

What a cool place to kayak! I think I would prefer no alligators though!

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

The scenes are gorgeous. Glad you got to have a good time with your son.

hootnonny said...

Such pretty pics. So glad those gators didn't overturn your kayaks!

cobie en bas van Es said...

prachtig maar om daar nou tussen te gaan kajakken??

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

Love the pics. How cool that you got to do this with your son! Hope he gets back soon!

June Caedmon said...

Special memories, Gail! So glad it worked out!

schmidleysscribblins.com said...

Fab shots Gail. What fun to have a family outing in kayaks. Wish. I had tried one when I could still bend. I always liked canoeing.

bailey-road.com said...

What fun that must have been to share the experience with your son. The photos are beautiful.

Brian King said...

How fun! I'd like to kayak a place like that. Love the last photo! That's too cool!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Wonderful thing to do together with your handsome son. He'll definitely be back for more. I remember that duckweed when we took a bayou tour onetime. It's almost like there are roads through it! I miss seeing alligators in the wetlands where I am now;)).

Actually drove past Portland today on I-5. Waved at your daughter;))))

Ida said...

Okay it all sounded like so much fun until you mentioned the "Gators" - But wow you got some awesome shots of them. That last one was amazing.

catskillblogger said...

Sounds like a wonderful visit with your son. I'm glad you were able to visit with him, and that the weather held off enough to have an adventure.