What was supposed to be a rainy weekend from the early forecasts turned out far better than we could have imagined. Sue just couldn't wait to get the kayaks loaded on top of the car Sunday morning to head out.
Since we weren't real sure how the morning weather would be, we hadn't really decided where we'd go. So, as we got all the gear together, Sue ran down a couple of ideas. She had mentioned doing the Cocheco River up off of County Farm Road. So, as soon as we could, we drove over there and were in the water by around 11:00am.
We headed up north, zigzagging our way through some of the most beautiful wooded river that I've seen. Who would have thought there could have been this much seclusion so close to the Dover area? Though the river does wind its way past several housing areas, there are only a few that are close enough to see through the heavy woods.
Most of the time, all we saw to indicate that there were houses around was either a small dock along side the bank, or a canoe or kayak on a rack in the woods. Every now and then I could hear a lawnmower going, but for the most part it was just the birds and the wind rustling through the leaves in the trees.
We paddled up about 2.5 miles, maybe a little less than that, before turning around and heading back. Sue thought there was another launch area further along, but arms get tired and we decided that a shower and glass of wine were beckoning us more than finding that launch. Maybe some other time....
And that's just what we did: when we got home we took showers and then went out on the deck, sipped some wine, had some snacks, and played about 5 sets of backgammon. The breeze was so nice, and the crickets and birds were chirping away that it was just a really perfect summer afternoon. We were both really tired, so we ate early and then watched the 2009 movie Amelia before turning in for the night.