With my husband’s shift work rotation and with me scurrying around doing this and that, we’ve found it difficult to get away and do much of anything together this summer. But last Sunday night we planned a date night kayaking in nearby Port Stanley, Ontario.
Our two-person kayak has taken us a lot of places but we’ve never gone out on Lake Erie with it before. It’s the shallowest of the Great Lakes and tends to be fairly wavy and with rip tides and undercurrents it’s also a tad bit dangerous.
We had a calm evening for our little voyage as we set off from one of the packed beaches. One of the nice things about kayaking is you can visit more out of the way places that are inaccessible to hikers and other bigger boats. Not too long a paddle from the beach we found this little pebbled beach under a clay cliff. Swallows dig holes in the cliff and nest there making it look a little like Swiss cheese.
After a nice dip, we decided to investigate the channel that runs into Kettle Creek. The channel has been dredged for shipping.
Port Stanley still has a good number of larger fishing vessels. One, an Omstead ship surprised me with its name. Who knew I had a ship named after me?
There are a lot of pleasure craft moored along the channel as well and we had fun reading the quirky names given to some of the watercraft.
The ripples we made while paddling reminded me of my Making Waves placemat and table runner pattern. Smooth wavelets on a perfect summers evening!