I so enjoyed spending time with friends at their home on the river tonight. We sat on the patio having drinks and a nosh and waited for the rain to clear so we could take the kayaks down to the river. Diana’s mom Ahnna and her husband Ken have a beautiful place on the river, a gorgeous yard, which I understood from Ahnna is due to Ken and his green thumb. Once the rain passed, we grabbed the kayaks and Ann and Diana kayaked around the bend in the river and back. Now to say that I went that far kayaking would be–oh I don’t know–not true. However once I figured out how I was going to get into the kayak, which I know sounds pretty easy and maybe it is. For me though I had to figure out how not to come into contact with the water…right away. So once in the kayak, and Ahnna kept talking about I needed a life jacket and could I swim, sheesh, it was making me nervous. Bless her heart, jeepers creepers I needed to get more comfortable in the kayak. I am not going to lie, there were some tippy moments, I made the gals nervous but it all worked out. Paddled around a bit not far from the dock I must admit, but more than I actually thought I would. I mean let’s be honest, I thought the only place I would wind up in is the river, but that didn’t happen, woot woot!
Once back to the dock, now I had to figure out how I was going to get out without taking the proverbial bath, and that isn’t necessarily an easy thing getting out of a kayak takes a bit of finesse, and then there was the way I did it. Which I kept dry and hoisted myself out of the kayak, of course with Ahnna and Diana holding the kayak steady and Ann in her kayak on the side. It helps to have the support of good friends whenever trying anything new. The support of good friends is important always.
So thanks to Diana, Ann and Ahnna for such a fun evening. Diana and Ann are the best, such fun and up for any adventure. Thank you to Ken and Ahnna for opening your beautiful home to us and letting us experience if just for a little while, life on the river.
So many of us, or maybe it’s just me…want to believe that Spring is right around the corner. To that end, I wanted to talk about birding and different spots to do just that and so much more in Waupaca County. Waupaca County has wonderful water resources and timeless charm in all seasons which makes it a haven for many species of birds and a great spot for birders. What many see as some of the most majestic birds, Bald Eagles, we have many sightings in Waupaca County.
Hartman Creek State Park & Emmons Creek Fishery Area are 2 properties that are popular destinations to canoeists, kayakers, hikers and birders alike. It is located west of Waupaca off of Hwy 54. These 2 areas offer 2,800 acres to explore including parts of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail. It offers a mix of habitats including pine and hardwood forests, oak savannas, old field, marshes, lakes and upland meadows. This type of variety attracts lots of birds, upwards of 253 species. Volunteer naturalists at the park offer interpretive programs throughout the summer.
Keller Whitcomb Creek Woods State Natural Area is a 97 acre SNA which includes the headwaters of Whitcomb Creek, a sand bottomed, fast flowing, Class 1 trout stream with brown and brook trout. This property located north of Iola, consists of a mixture of white & red pine as well as red & white oak, flowing into a mesic forest of hemlock, yellow & paper birch and sugar maples. Nearer the stream consists of almost pure white cedar. The ground layer of vegetation offers many species of ferns. Many songbirds, such as Mourning and Nashville Warblers, can be found here.
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