I spent an hour or so this morning rowing around on a custom built Adirondack Guide boat (warning – shameless plug!!!! One of my husband’s passions is making boats).
We brought the boat to Round Lake in Monroe, NY. The new factoid I learned about Monroe this week was that Round Lake is a beautiful, peaceful spot of tranquility.
Motor boats are not allowed on the lake; only rowboats, kayaks, canoes and other non-gas powered boats. There is an island in the middle of the lake, providing a lot of additional shoreline to explore.
The surface of the water was sooooo smooth, but in a few spots, we saw “cats paws” dancing across the water. These are the small waves that are seen when a bit of wind ripples the top of the water.
We watched turtles slide off downed logs into the lake. We saw fish jumping (the lake is stocked with brown trout.) We saw a crane quietly sitting by the side of the lake, which then took off and we watched its slow, low flight across the lake.
We rowed around the edge of the water and saw the lake community on one side, beautiful water lillies surrounding the edges of the lake, and lots of dragonflies flitting about. We passed a dock and some row boats, and in general, just enjoyed the beauty provided us by nature.
You can hear cars on the Lakes Road as they pass by, but that sound is muffled. When we let ourselves drift, we could hear the sounds of lillies passing under us, the buzzing of dragonflies’ wings, and could hear the birds chattering.
If you have are a resident of Monroe, NY’s town or villages (Orange County), you should take advantage of the lake and spend a little time relaxing. Boats can be rented at Round Lake (seasonally). See http://www.monroeny.org/boats.htm for more details.
Here I am in a handmade Adirondack guide boat, enjoying the morning!