I have a brother in-law who lives in Vernon. We visit several times a year. On this trip I decide to take Gwragedd Annwn and row in Goose Lake. Goose Lake is a little North and West of Vernon. Goose Lake is about 2 kilometers long and 400 meters wide at its widest. Should be good for an afternoon row. (Click on picture for larger format one).
Gerry has kindly reserved a parking spot for Gwragedd Annwn. Tomorrow we will take the FJ and have a look at Goose Lake. Gerry has never been there.
Looking back up the road to where the FJ is parked. It turns out that there is a concrete barrier, two barbed wire fences and a No Tresspassing sign. No rowing here.
Swan Lake, on the other hand, has a boat launch ramp, just off the highway North of Vernon. Swan Lake is about 5 kilometers long and a kilometer wide at its widest. The ramp is more or less at the middle of the lake.
The water is a little high on the ramp, it does not drop off until the edge of the reeds. I simply push Gwragedd Annwn off her trailer into 10″ deep water.
As you can see in this photo, the water does not come up over the trailer wheels. Good thing I brought my sailing boots!
While I was launching Gwragedd Annwn, these two fifth-wheel trailer (insert bad words here) came and parked their fifth-wheel trailer right at the turn-around! Right in the way of the boat launchers. Now the next ones to launch must turn their towing vehicle and trailer around further up the ramp and back much further down the ramp.
Rowing away from the launch. I feel sorry for those next guys backing their boat & trailer down the ramp. My row plan is to go down to the South shore of the lake and then back up to the top (North) end before the wind starts. I will ride the wind back down lake to the launch ramp.
Looking South, down lake. The weather prediction calls for calm to light Northerly winds in the late afternoon.
A rustling and a noise attract my attention on the shore. It takes me a few minutes to spot something.
Silver Star RV Park is behind the trees. The wind is starting to pick up from the North! I will have to row back against it. Maybe it will cease.
Bird obseveration hut on the South Shore of Swan Lake. The wind is blowing quite strongly and consistantly.
Not many chances to take photos on the way back, but, I snapped this one as two geese pass me flying upwind. I am sad that I only got to see the South end of the lake.