Sunday, April 22, 2012

Paddling Among the Boulders

We have stayed at several lakes in the last few months but never managed to get out on the water. Now that we are at Cottonwood, we decided to paddle at a lake I read about online which is near Prescott.
We packed our paddles and other kayak equipment and took about an hour drive to Watson Lake, about 4 miles north of Prescott. The drive was pretty, back through Jerome and Prescott National Forest.
There are several lakes, including Willow and Watson in the Prescott area. These lakes are reservoirs in the Granite Dells. The Dells consist of exposed bedrock and large boulders of granite that have eroded into an unusual lumpy, rippled appearance. It was an interesting place to paddle and a beautiful day for it.


    Most of our paddle, there was only a couple of other paddlers. However as we were headed back, a number of rowers were out practicing. When we got back, we talked to one of the coaches, I think, who said they a high school rowing club and were the only rowing team in northern Arizona They were practicing for a meet in Utah coming up soon.

  Our time on the water was very enjoyable We need to get our paddles wet more often. We headed back. Below are pictures from the front of the campground that shows the Cottonwood Trees. A very different look from our part of the campground that is more desert like. The "cotton" was blowing in the wind, looking like snow as you drive through it.

  Our time in Cottonwood and Sedona has come to an end. We had a great time and will hopefully be back again. We left Friday morning and made the drive to Quartzsite where we stayed in the Dome Rock area, which is BLM and free camping. We have stayed here a few days this last winter and spring. Then late Saturday afternoon we drove another few hours and spent the night at the 29 Casino. Sunday, we made our way to Huntington Beach, where we will be staying for a week or so at Sunset Vista, just south of the Pier. Joe has a business conference in San Diego for two days and has a few doctor appointments and we both have dentist appointments scheduled. We also will spend time with family, including a birthday for our brother-in-law, Brock, who is turning the big 60.                                                                                                                                                             

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