Overhead we heard a hawk's cries and looked up to see some type of hawk, we believe a Northern harrier (Marsh hawk.) Within seconds, two others had joined him and they glided high above the lake in lazy circles as we paddled along.
Brody kept his Doggles on for a while, seeming to appreciate them in the bright sun.
The water levels at Francis were higher than last year around the same time. For the first time ever, we were able to paddle a large area in this eastern lobe that is usually either too shallow or full of lily pads, reeds, etc. Although we didn't "see" anything else while exploring this area, it was still fun, just knowing we were paddling along spots that we hadn't before.
Once we turned back, this is the view heading out of that eastern lobe with the esker on the left int the background-- and Brody, of course. This time facing me for a change!
The sky was such a brilliant blue I kept looking up at it all day long. When these puffy clouds lined up top to bottom I had to take a shot: