Kayaking In Spring

kayaking near the smokies

Wes and I escaped to the water one day this past week, and I was delighted to be back in my kayak once again! It was a gorgeous, sunny day with abundant blue skies above, as we climbed into our kayaks and started paddling. Occasionally a big, fluffy, white cloud lumbered across the sky, temporarily erasing the sun for a few minutes, along its way. Of course, when that happened I had to put my legs back down inside the kayak where it felt warmer to them. We found a perfect spot for our floating picnic, adjacent to a large log covered with turtles in all sizes, who too were basking in the sun’s warmth.

A group of four commorants who were basking on the same log took turns diving into the clear water below, one right after another, appearing as if they were performing a water routine out of an old Esther Williams movie. While Wes fished, I just paddled along occasionally stopping to let myself be fully encapsulated in the peaceful, quiet surroundings, totally void of all manmade noise, and it was sheer heaven, to say the least! At one point we pulled our kayaks onto a small pebble beach and got out to stretch our legs for a while. Wes fished and I explored a little, even wading out into the frigid water a couple of times.

rachelle siegrist kayaking

Soon we were back in the kayaks paddling along, and I could hear the wind approaching from way around the bend. I watched as the trees and bushes bent and swayed until it surrounded me, covering the surface of the clear water with thousands of ripples. Of course, each time I’d wait until it passed before I continued paddling. Later we found a great spot for our chocolate snack. There we sat eating our chocolate, whilst listening to the birds and sounds of the cascading water, fully absorbed in the tranquility. Heading back I passed underneath clusters of black locust blossoms, paddling up to a low-lying limb and burying my face in the blossoms at one point, and the smell was simply divine! No wonder there were so many bees and butterflies attracted to this rich nectar source!

We were delighted to have enjoyed being mostly by ourselves for the day. Toward the end, however, we heard something hollering off in the distance, which sounded almost like a gibbon, and we couldn’t figure out what it was. Then we saw a canoe, and as it grew closer we could tell that it had two people and a dog in it, and it was the dog that was singing and carrying on, almost as if it thought it was the Pavarotti of the dog world! It was quite hilarious, to say the least. The sounds of the opera singing dog grew quieter until they finally rounded the bend, at which point we were drawing nigh to the boat ramp. We climbed out of the kayaks, loaded them up, and started the drive home, feeling so thankful for such a wonderful day! Enjoy this video I made for you, so you too can go on the kayaking adventure with us!

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The Art of the Miniature XVIII
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29th Annual International Miniature Art Show
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2 thoughts on “Kayaking In Spring

  1. Donald Weiser

    Hi Folks, Your lovely video had two watchers this afternoon! Both enjoying it!! Koko and I watched. He was very interested in the kayaks and the sound of the water. I could almost swear he recognized “his blonde” walking alongside the water but I can’t be positive. I didn’t think to snap a pic until it was over but you both lead idyllic lives! 🙂 Don & Koko this time.


    “Father forgive us for what we must do,

    You forgive us, we’ll forgive you,

    We’ll forgive each other ’till we both turn blue,

    Then we’ll whistle and go fishing in Heaven”

    John Prine

    On Sun, May 3, 2020 at 3:33 PM Under the Magnifying Glass wrote:

    > Wes and Rachelle Siegrist posted: ” Wes and I escaped to the water one day > this past week, and I was delighted to be back in my kayak once again! It > was a gorgeous, sunny day with abundant blue skies above, as we climbed > into our kayaks and started paddling. Occasionally a big, fluffy, whi” >

    1. Thank you Don! That’s so sweet that my precious Koko enjoyed watching it too and even had favorite parts which really captured his interest!! I would’ve loved to have seen him watching it! We do feel very Blessed indeed!
      Hugs 🤗

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