Huron River, Lower Huron Metropark to Willow Metropark
18 November 2016
Ellen and I and our paddling buddy Doug had actually planned a shorter trip for yesterday, but it was 70–70 degrees! in Michigan, in November!–so we took the treat Mother Nature was giving us and instead did this 10 1/2 mile paddle on our local river. What a lovely day it was! It was consistently sunny and warm, and though there was a pretty stiff breeze, it wasn’t unpleasant; sometimes it would push us along, other times it would shake loose a mess of leaves from the tree, and I would feel like I was in the leaf equivalent of a snow globe. The river was low, so we didn’t have much help from the current, but we didn’t mind–it just gave us more time to soak in the beauty. We were more or less alone on the river–we saw just one other other boat, and not much wildlife to speak of, save for a lone blue heron, a very alarmed kingfisher, and some woodpeckers.
We did have a sort of epic takeout situation that required us to use every bit of agility each of us had, so I told myself I’d put a note here: next time we do this paddle, use the Big Bend takeout! Mostly because there’s an actual takeout spot there
Have a look at what the weather has in store for us today, below. Glad we got out yesterday.