Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Kayaking - Mercer Slough

Last night Jean and I went on our second kayak trip together with our new folding kayaks by Oru Kayak. Assembly of the kayaks is getting faster, but is still between 15 and 20 minutes.

Jean's kayak, in the car
Our destination this time was the Mercer Slough, a slow-moving waterway right next to the blueberry fields off Bellevue Way, and very close to downtown Bellevue. It was a great trip, we saw lots of wildlife including 2 bald eagles from very close by - the closest I've ever gotten. Also many turtles, numerous mama ducks with fuzzy little duck families, and 3 herons.

The slowest moving part of the slough was a little difficult to get through, choked with water plants. But most of it was easy paddling. There's a little office park at the end where I first worked for Microsoft in Bellevue many years ago, doing technical support for their database product, Access.

At the end of our trip, we paddled under Interstate 90 to see what Lake Washington was like. It's much windier than Mercer Slough


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