After exploring the shoreline of the pond and venturing up a side stream, it was time to head back. It was then that the wind died and I was besieged with gnats. On the plus side the gnats turned the trip into an excellent cardio workout .
Prior to the gnat assault there were some positive moments - dozens of songbirds filled the marsh along the stream and I heard a pair of barred owls calling to each other in the woods near the pond. The total distance kayaked was 2.8 miles.