Fairhaven Sterling Creek NY

Fairhaven Sterling Creek NY

Paddle Date May 11th, 2014. The weather was sunny and comfortably warm as 15 kayakers left Fairhaven Beach State Park for a paddle down Sterling Creek. Air temp was in the high 60’s to low 70’s. Water temp was 62 degrees. The paddlers were: Kim, Pete, Rick, Christine, Mark, Bob, Bill E, Michelle, Gene, Tish, Bill G, Ruth, Charles, Mary and Hugh. Much wildlife was seen including some hatched swan eggs, turtles, turtles, turtles and turtles. Did I mention we saw turtles? Kim got our interest peaked when she saw something in the woods that was worth taking a picture of. Some of us paddled for all we were worth to catch a glimpse of what animal she had discovered. As it turns out, it was the Northeast Kayaking Human, known as Bill G and Ruth getting out stretching their legs. They turned around as it was their first paddle of the year. We wished them well and continued our trek where, you guessed it, we saw more turtles! After a good few miles of paddling we came to the road crossing and went through the tunnels. The water level was high, but we were able to make it through without losing anyone. A stunning backside view of the Renaissance Festival greeted us and plans were made for an outing to visit when it’s actually open. (Rick has volunteered to sit in the front row for the mud show.) A snack break was at the side of a hill across from a goat farm. No goats, but lots of snacks. A geocache was discovered buried in the rocks and the log book was signed. After filling our bellies, Edgar proclaimed “C’mon, Mom! It’s time to get back on the water!” On the return trip, we came across what appeared to be a dead goose. She was trying to keep us away from her nest where she had several eggs. Both ways we had red winged blackbirds crooning to us. A red tailed hawk, pheasant and yes, more turtles were seen. Back towards the park, the swans were out for their mid afternoon swim. Everyone pitched in and ensured we were all loaded to go to our next adventure. A small deer was seen leaping across the road on the way out. Some stayed in the park for camping, some went home to be with their wives for Mother’s Day and five went back to Chez’ Gene & Tish for a cookout of hamburgers, hotdogs, macaroni salad, salt potatoes and Rick’s favorite pink lemonade and a beautiful view off the newly built veranda.

We paddled a total of 9.77 miles.

Report by Michelle Stoddard & Images by Kim Wojnowicz

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