Trip Report by Jim Eckerty
Nine hearty paddlers welcomed spring on our annual trip to Summit Lake. Upon launching we were greeted by the loud call of a large loon that stayed relatively near for a bit…. A good start to the trip and the year !
Another good sign was that six of the paddlers had less than two years with the club, were new members, or were considering membership. No incidents or accidents occurred. The weather was dry, with a high temperature of approximately 48 degrees and virtually no wind at all, rare for Summit Lake.
The trip began with an overcast sky with a few peeks of Sunshine throughout the day with a good bit of Sunshine near the end of the trip. We paddled the majority of the Lake's shoreline. A valve in the Dam was repaired over the winter months so the lake was approximately 7 feet below normal levels during our trip. This created a great opportunity to see some new structures normally submerged.
Coots taking off - FYI From Google: "Coots area small water bird that are members of the Rallidae family. The constitute the genus Fulica, the name being Latin for "Coot