To begin with, I had to find a convenient launching point. The Three Rivers Water Trail was my resource and according to it, #12 on Arch Avenue in Verona seemed to be the best option. It was not difficult to get there from the South Hills of Pittsburgh.
|Paddling past Sycamore Island|
You can see the Island from the dock, so paddling across was certainly not going to constitute the entire day's outing.
At the dock I also met Mike Cooper who together with his dog Porter was headed over to the Island in his canoe. He offered to take some pictures.
Fortified with an apple and a banana, I headed back out on the main channel.
By then power boaters had woken up and started to cruise around the river. While I much prefer the quiet, non-polluting sort of boating, I quite enjoyed surfing the wake of some of these monsters - aptly named River Warrior and such. In flat waters the wake travels far and I did not have to be close to the buzzers to harness their aquatic disturbances.
As opposed to Sycamore Island, this one is rimmed with cottages which of course each have their own private dock. I have no doubt that these little weekend refuges are handed down over generations to remain a convenient family hang-out.
On this 90 degree day, it was THE place to be. I lingered for a while to absorb the scenery and to rest from a hot paddle upstream before turning around downriver this time by way of the main channel back to the Steel City Rowing Club launch.
I have done a number of kayak outings since the last blog entry. All I can say is that paddling the Night Heron is sheer joy! - The slightest wave will induce the hull to surf and though the boat does not have a skegg, the hull tracks and carves turns very well. When you power up the boat with a few strokes, the boat simple takes off.
All told, it was a 12 mile paddle. Without a doubt, this outing was delightful and