Mud Lock/Clyde River
August 27, 2017

It was another beautiful Sunday weather-wise. The temperature was in the mid 70’s, the sun was shining and there was a mild breeze every once in a while. Fifteen kayakers took advantage of the nice day and chose to be on the water by the Montezuma Wildlife Refuge: Roger and Ann, Ruth and Bill, Steve and Pat, Amir, John, Mike, Bill, Eric, Cindy MP, Sue, Sandra, and Kim. We paddled under the route 5 bridge then took a left turn after the thruway bridge onto the Clyde River. Eagles flew near the paddle leaders. Heron sat on the shore and flew overhead. There were several shorebirds and osprey along the way. One bird stumped some onlookers. They saw something that looked like a bat in the tree. It had a large wingspan and rested with its wings spread among the branches for a long time. There was some yellow on its face. The head looked like a hawk and the neck was long. Another kayaker thought it was a cormorant because it dries its wings, but the beak seemed too short. It is a mystery. Blue dragonflies were pretty next to the red leaves. Root of trees were exposed in many areas along the route. There appears to have been a lot of erosion on the clay banks. Snacks and lunches were eaten at the break area by the dam. The paddle was 9 miles long. After the paddle ten kayakers went to Prison City Pub and Brewery. Food and service were excellent and the company – the best!


Images & Report by Kim Wojnowicz, Images by Eric Zhaman

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