|Holiday decorations adorn trees over a Lake Natoma bayou|
If you missed Winter Solstice, it occurred here at 8:19 p.m. on Dec. 21...
...and it’s easy to overlook the shortest daylight period of the year. Yet it’s auspicious for several reasons, not the least of which is that it officially kicks off my Other Paddling Season. No big sales at Macy’s or one-hour specials on Amazon to commemorate this season, but it's special all the same.
By December, many kayakers have packed away their paddles, but they are missing a great opportunity to discover peace and quiet on the water. (Or salt water thrills, more on that later.) Northern California has dozens of lakes that are just right for gentle winter paddling. Mine happens to be Lake Natoma, near the town of Folsom.
|"Is that mallard crashing our holiday party again this year?" (Click on photo to spot the culprit more easily)|
And so I made the pilgrimage to Natoma last Saturday to usher in the Winter Solstice. It was a gray day with mild temps and no rain – a perfect Solstice paddle. No crowds on the