Kayaking Lower Etna Pond (Etna)
Temperatures reached the 90s today so I went for the first kayaking trip of the year, paddling Souadabscook Stream to the lower portion of Etna Pond. The first part was great. Although I battled a strong headwind it kept the air cool and I figured I could take advantage of the wind on the return trip. I saw several dragonflies and thought it was odd since there were hardly any bugs for them to eat....
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.