Kayaking: Powder Mill Pond

Powder Mill Pond. Greenfield-Hancock NH. Information on put-ins, etc are on the NH Fish and Game website.

It’s been raining lately. I won’t argue that we don’t need it, but at the same time, there was a point where the ground wasn’t able to soak it up. I think it’s been good for the lakes and ponds, but the rest of it could just as easily have fallen on the ocean. It’ll be there shortly anyway. Today, being sunny and in the high 80s, it made sense to capitalize on our soggy bounty. I’d gotten a new kayak recently (my third — some people collect stamps…) and wanted to see how she handles. And with the plantar fasciitis still resolving at a glacial pace, it was a chance to get outside and do some real exercise while sitting on my butt.

When I started this blog, I envisioned chronicling all my outdoor activities, and thought that would include things like alpine skiing, mountain biking, and kayaking. Three years later, and I’m only now expanding beyond hiking. It is what it is.

There’s not much to say about the trip, apart from it was a lovely outing. The sun was on the hot side, but not unbearably so. The sky had just enough clouds to look interesting. The water isn’t going to win awards for its clarity, but it was clean. There was something of a current, but not much. I’ll call it family friendly, because that current was dog slow. (Just remember, everyone wears a PFD!) Thanks to the rains, the weeds weren’t much of a bother, but it didn’t take much to spot them just below the surface. And courtesy of life’s usual intrusions, it wasn’t a lengthy outing. But it was lovely, and I’ll challenge anyone to find a psychiatrist’s office that has a car parked out front with kayaks on the roof. I claim my victories as I can, no matter how small.

As always, stay safe out there.

The covered bridge on Forest Road in Greenfield.

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