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I've had time to kayak lately, so I've taken to the water.
I joined a large group of kayakers to paddle a 10.5 mile stretch of the Boardman River. If you've been in Traverse City, you've probably seen the Boardman winding lazily through town.
This river is over 30 miles long and its headwaters are in Kalkaska. A section of the Boardman has class 1-3 rapids as it descends into Traverse City!
The section I paddled was from the Brown Bridge Quiet area to Beitner Road. There were only class 1 rapids on this stretch, but several miles past Beitner Road are crazy with rapids.
Here are a couple of photos from that paddle:
And here are a bunch from a paddle I took on Cedar Lake west of Traverse City:
Paddling my Advanced Elements Kayak
Is that a loon?
Yep, a loon!
Spot the turtle