Over the last few days we've enjoyed our driest spell of weather since May and one of the very few upsides of Kay's illness is that we have got to see a lot more of our daughters and grandchildren, this weekend one of their visits coincided with the better weather and we took a trip to Derwent Water.
I took my Mad River Explorer 16 open canoe, its a green Royalex version (as a piece of trivia I once visited Spartech's factory in Warsaw, Indiana where the Royalex sheets are manufactured - one of the more interesting visits of my time in the plastics industry!!). It was purchased about 12 years ago now & has been a great boat which I've found ideal for white water doubles; multi-day canoe camping trips and like today leisurely floating around. We accessed the lake at Kettlewell at the southern end and just paddled around enjoying the scenerey and each others company. Today was a good day!