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Across Lake Seminole – Brrr!

Posted by on October 30, 2012

Tuesday, 10/30/12
Today’s miles: 8.0, Today’s paddling miles: 8.0, Cumulative miles: 440.7, Cumulative paddling miles: 406.0

It was 38˚F when I set out from Trail’s End Resort and Campground at 7:10 this morning. It was a little breezy, but not bad, and I had a nearly full moon and headlamp for guidance. My hands were cold for about 45 minutes, but they warmed up like the rest of me after that.

Lake Seminole is nothing like it appears on my maps. There is actually very little open water, and even in what appears to be open water, there are grass patches right at the surface down to within a mile of the dam, except in the marked channel. Once I got out of the protection of trees, the wind really picked up (measured at 20-25 mph with my anemometer) and the lake quickly became frothy with whitecaps. The weeds apparently helped keep the waves from getting too big, but in the last mile or so before I reached the campground, they were running 2 to 2 1/2 feet and presented some risk of broaching, since they were from astern. managed, though, and am now snug in my tent, ready to go through the lock at 0800 and start my last dye trace run.

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2 Responses to Across Lake Seminole – Brrr!

  1. Kevin O'Connell

    Last time I remeber being on Seminole was probably the 70s with my dad and my uncle John, who was a marine botanist and taught at Auburn. He asked us along to study that grass you are talking about. At that time it was just beginning to encroach and be a problem. The lake is shallow, but was much more navigable over a wider area back then from what you report. You are in my old stomping grounds now. I graduated high school at Quincy and junior college at Chipola in Marianna. Stay dry and warm!

    • Robert Fuller

      Good to hear from you, Kevin. My mother spent part of her youth in Monticello and Marianna.

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