Saturday, December 17, 2011
Lake of the Ozarks, Camden County, Missouri December 16th, 2011: Great quick winter paddle- and had the whole lake to myself!
The weather was cool, but sunny, with a mild breeze. Where I set out was flat and shallow. I stuck with shoreline, which I think is something to consider in the winter in regards to safety. However, I could not help myself once I saw the giant limestone cliffs on the other side of the lake, so I paddled over to the other side. It was worth the view, as the film shows.
I think I got a mild case of either motion sickness or sea sickness. I was looking down at my GPS or camera, or something, then I looked up at the cliffs, which I was right next to. Next thing I know I felt a little dizzy, and my heart started to race a tad (I really think that part was maybe mental on my part). I also think when you are kayaking you can "freak yourself out" sometimes, especially when you know the water temp is cold and you are all packed in, dressed in layers, spray skirt and all. I decided to just paddle it out, drink some water, and not freak out. I read a great article once about sea sickness and kayaking (which is a bad combo in a kayak, especially solo paddling). The article suggested you keep your eyes on the horizon, and you can sometimes work out of a "situation". This is what I did, and about 1/2 hour later , I started to feel a little better. By the time I got the kayak back to the car, I felt just fine using that technique. Note to self: make sure not to fool around with GPS/camera stuff and look up suddenly.
Beautiful day, saw several great heron birds and several areas with fish rolling subsurface (next time a fishing rod is in order).
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