Kayaking: Saratoga Lake #3
I had the day off, so I started it off with some kayaking. Saratoga Lake found a new way to disappoint me. I found myself on the wrong side of a bridge closed for construction and had to drive all the way around the lake to get to the boat launch. Happily, the toll booth at the boat lunch was absent, so I could at least park for free...next to the construction workers' vehicles.
I got out of my car by the water and almost headed straight home, it was so windy. I finally decided I would at least try to paddle into the wind, and if I moved forward, I would go out for a trip. If I found myself moving only backward, I would get out quick and call it a day. It wasn't so bad, so I paddled into the wind until I got tired and then turned around. Getting back was predictably much easier. It was pretty quiet out on the water. The water temperature was pretty warm. The air was a little chilly, but as long as I kept moving I stayed warm. Great success.
Went back. Despite being overcast, the weather was beautiful. The water was a bit cold but not much of a problem. There was some kind of rowing regatta that I almost accidentally joined (read: approached too closely).
While in the parking lot of the boat launch, an attendant came over and apologized for its condition. It is apparently going to be renovated but is free until that is complete. The adjacent bridge is also still closed. The toll booth was apparently damaged by a bus and is currently completely missing. Despite all of that, or maybe as a result, the place was completely packed.