Labor Day has passed, the vacationing crowds diminishing. Carol and I decided to enjoy the end of summer with a much needed kayak trip down the Betsie to share with you!
We put in at the bottom of the hill on River Rd. near Benzonia. There is a small public launch site tucked into the shrubs on the east side of the river. Young Mallard ducks watch as we do the balance act and clumsily climb into the kayaks and start our trip.We maneuvered through the west tunnel going under River Rd., and are met by an artesian well arcing into the river.
The river is on the low side and clear, reflecting the sandy bottom as we float with the current. A large snapping turtle passes me gliding across the bottom against the current, appearing to be in slow motion.
As we leave the sounds of the road and civilization, we are met with calming reflections as if we are drifting through a Monet painting. The soft tingling of the leaves on the cottonwood trees in the breeze further relaxes us. Why don’t we do this more often????
So far, so good. It is very shallow, and scads of minnows scurry and scatter in front of our vessels. The reeds brush against the boat, reminiscent of “African Queen” without the black flies and leaches…..
A family of muskrat are ahead on a sand bar chewing on grasses. They hop off and scurry at the sight of us.
We have navigated through most of the fallen trees, and the river widens as several splits have come back together. We float along as those confusing fall warblers flit and sing in the scrub willows.We are passed by a small group of kayakers who are moving much more swiftly than us sightseers are. Did they even notice the Kingfisher flitting above?
We are coming up close to the end of our trip, corner of Adams Rd. and River Rd. the river appears to widen even more, and is mostly very shallow. A pair of ducks are resting in the brush by the river, they appear to pay little attention as I attempt to back up and take their picture.
Hope you enjoyed our late afternoon float on the Betsy River!
We have no paintings to add at this time, but we do have 3 juried and accepted entries at the Oliver Center for the Arts in Frankfort at the old Coast Guard station. It is a good show, and you can drop by and see it now through the last week of September. Julie