Above is Brody, enjoying Francis Lake as we paddled around. He is not wearing his Doggles and had no interest in them on this day. He is often very good about keeping them on, and at other times is not so good about it!
And below, Brody in his position as navigator. This photo was taken in the shallow area past the esker, and out of order... in fact, so is the one above.
Here is Brody looking so intent! I have a feeling he's watching my daughter. Look at that face! He is such a cutie and is always good in the kayak!
This is a view of the esker, on the left, as seen from the shallow northeastern lobe of the lake.
Brody interested in some lily pads just out of the frame. Don't you wonder what he's thinking?
My daughter is approaching the esker. It's a pretty spot except when the bugs are thick. There is a place to camp, and even an outhouse.
The trail up from the water can be seen through the trees in this photo. It's a pretty walk and you can see parts of the main lake, and all of the northeastern lobe from the esker. The landing spot is a bit tricky depending on the water level. I think the higher water makes it more difficult to get out as there is less of a flat area, but it is possible, and is pretty simple in lower water level conditions.
An iconic BRODY photo as we head toward the main part of the lake...
My daughter, back on the the main part of the lake.
Out of the northeastern lobe, past the esker, the wind had picked up quite a bit, as you can see by the waves in this photo of my daughter paddling. The breeze was good for keeping the black flies and mosquitoes away.
Brody was interested in the waves, but with the wind picking up in the afternoon, we decided it was time to head back to the put-in/take-out.
On the way back, as the wind increased, we took a quick detour to the area off the main lake on the western side. It is not as protected as the northeastern lobe and not as shallow, but the rocks give it some character.
We didn't linger since the wind was gusting at times, making our progress slow. I put my camera away after this shot and we paddled back, happy to have spent a few hours on Francis Lake!
If you are interested in Francis Lake, please use the "search" feature for my blog and you will find a number of posts concerning this pretty lake. It is one of our favorites for 3 reasons: It isn't big, so it's great for a few hours of paddling, but has enough nooks and crannies that you could spend most of a day here if you felt like it. It is not a long drive from our home (though that is relative... we live in a sparcely populated area, so an hour is "not a long drive.") And it is a quiet lake which only allows electric motors, so we share the water with small fishing boats, canoes and kayaks, and usually there aren't many of them!
Thanks for reading. I hope you are all enjoying the summer. For my fellow kayakers, I hope all of you are enjoying lots of great days paddling! Happy Kayaking!