Spent the first week in South Lake Tahoe camping with the family, plenty of bike rides, paddling, and coffee stops…Image

Decommissioned beast, purchased surplus by lake tahoe contractor, it’s for sale if you need one….Image

Was good to have the first week paddling around with the family, gave me a safe opportunity to test the new canoe and all it’s additions and make a few modifications, here’s looking at Emerald Cove during a family paddle..

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Sad goodbye to the fam and set off on my own for 4 days in a canoe on lake tahoe…Image

View from my first nights anchorage, view was incredible, didn’t sleep at all, later I would learn to find a log on on land for a stern line, i spent the entire night taking 1 foot rollers directly on the beam, makes sleeping in a canoe tough….

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View from second nights anchorage….

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None of my neighbors stuck it out for the night…

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Nora happy to have some shade…

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Looking towards shore at second nights anchorage..

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Tourist headed into Emerald Cove..

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Made it into Emerald Cove for my third and final night, getting in was tough, strong wind blowing straight out of the mile deep cove, basically learned to flip the sail backwards and row/sail back and forth up into the cove, was weird struggling for hours on end to get my little boat beating into the wind while families on giant pleasure boats powered by with kids skiiing across their wakes….
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Sunrise on my second morning out…

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You can see my stern line in this shot, took a while to get the loop in the rope around the log on shore while sitting in the canoe using the paddle end, somebody came by while I was sitting in the canoe in the water rocking against the shoreline reaching out trying to hook a log with rope on the end of my paddle, he offered to put the rope on the log for me while staring at me strangely from just a few feet away, i told him “no thanks, i have to do this myself”, he gave me an even stranger look, i didn’t feel like explaining that I was stuck in the canoe and if i couldn’t get the rope on the log by myself that night I probably wouldn’t be able to get it off in the morning,  I think Nora saved me from a curious bear this night,  a few hours before sunrise I awoke to her growling at something on shore, short time later I heard large logs being cracked open up in the woods, my guess is a hungry bear was hoping to eat the goodies in my canoe….
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I was working on setting up my stern line for the third night, nora stood on a submerged rock in about 5 feet of water wondering when I would be ready to throw something for her…

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Leaving Emerald Cove early in the morning for our first ever calm water paddle, recorded myself at about 3.5 knots rowing….Image

Checking out my shadow in probably about 40 feet of water….

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Making coffee with lake tahoe water, the giant lake stayed super calm all morning, it was awesome…Image

Here’s Emerald Cove from the road on my way out, if you look straight to the left of the island you can see the little peninsula  anchored behind on my last night….Image

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