As winter approaches cold and windy conditions limit the number of times we can paddle on the lakes and rivers, so if an opportunity arises, I load up the kayak and head out. In late October, the day was still quite cool and my time was limited so I chose to paddle on Inks Lake. A paddle of the shoreline, including the channels is 2.5 km so I usually go around twice.
There were lots of ducks (Barrow’s golden eyes and mallards) in the back bays, hidden from roads. The final section was a paddle down the shoreline towards the sun, breaking through layers of clouds. I keep the outings short since the cold air and colder water has a chilling effect. The lakeshore was very muddy making it awkward to launch and land. Good paddling boots helped to protect my feet from the cold, muddy water, but i was happy to rig the boat and change my shoes.