In my last post I avowed that I would find those fish cribs. Perhaps I was right; determination alone isn’t enough to find an interesting underwater object. But kayaks, a beautiful day, and determination are. After Tony and I were thwarted on a few kayaking attempts, we hit a stint of inviting weather, and so – with him probably being more stubborn in this feat than I – we set off to find the cribs. Turns out they really are right there. Had we known where to look, we probably could have pointed them out to everyone when we were there last weekend.
From what we could tell, there are three of these in close proximity. There may only be three, or there may only be three that we know of. In any case, we’re good with these. Here’s what they look like when you place your camera underwater, point, and shoot. Keep in mind that although the weather was nice for kayaking, it was not so nice for swimming.
Clearly the dry bag for the camera works, but we still have some tweaking to do to get it “right.” Occasionally, as you will see below, the yellow rim of the case sneaks its way into a photo. I still think it’s neat to get to take pictures of these things, though, so for now I’ll live with the unintended extras 🙂
After our success in finding the much-awaited cribs, we decided to try our luck yesterday, and went for a paddle to track down the Albatross. (By “Albatross,” I neither mean the bird nor the Monty Python sketch. It’s a boat wreck, and if you’d like to know more about it, check this out.) Our (by which I mean Tony’s) online research proved accurate: the wreck is shallow, easy-to-see, and in heavy boat traffic. At least it was the Friday afternoon on July 4th weekend. We are looking forward to picking up a dive flag so that we can check this one out up close. Visibility wasn’t great, but that’ll change from day to day, so we’ll try go when we can see it a little better.
Seeing the wreck was cool, because I had never seen one (Tony’s done a wreck dive), and it was fascinating, but to me the coolest part of our trip yesterday was paddling through the field of lily pads. The Elk River has been dammed on its way into Lake Michigan, and that left behind a stump field in which lily pads grow really well. The color palette they create is astonishing, and even though US-31 had heavy traffic just a few yards behind us, we hardly noticed it because their tranquil beauty is enveloping.
Another benefit of traversing this span of water was that we got to see some gulls from very close range. We paddled infrequently to make sure we didn’t disturb the plants too much, and the gulls seemed to appreciate our lack of movement and discussion. Eventually they all flew off, but to be fair I did pretty much float right up to their front door!