Christian and I had talked about going on the lake. He told me that we needed to take advantage of it. The lake is at ultra-high levels and is strangely warm (for Lake Michigan). I believe the temperatures are around the low 70s.
So, at about 6:00 AM, I headed to Winnetka to see if the relatively calm and not very cold lake was ready to deal with my kayaking. I took the Eddyline kayak because it is a sit on, virtually impossible to dump, and has a rudder, which makes it easier to control and steer. I think it is a very logical choice if I am to go on Lake Michigan.
We were there about 6:30 AM or so and quickly got in and went south. The water was way warmer than I ever would have expected and luckily I didn’t need to find out by swimming in it. I suspect, though, that swimming would not have been too bad.
We went about one and a half miles south, taking about thirty minutes to do so. There were mini waves, a bit larger than expected. Christian paddled on his paddleboard while I kayaked. We had a great time.
It was really nice to finally get out and kayak. I was also pleased that I was able to easily get the fifty-something pound kayak on the roof of the car and, more importantly, secure it so that it didn’t move during the trip between home and lake.
The mansions viewed from the lake were even larger than they appear when driving through Winnetka and Kenilworth. I really had the feeling that I was actually in the Hamptons or something.
There is nothing like the freedom of being on the water like that, nothing.