Today was our first full day of sun and warmth. It was time to tackle this amazing chain of lakes. We made up thermoses of mixed drinks. Wanda cheated with Jose Cuevo’s premixed margarita. I mixed bourbon with Monster’s zero-calorie white caffeine drink (which tastes a lot like Squirt), and Door County concentrated cherry juice. It sounds a lot boozier than it was. I only had one of those tiny airline bottles of Evan Williams bourbon that you occasionally find in a grocery store display for $1 each. Wanda only had a little bit of margarita left in the bottle so she took the little bit that was left.
We packed a box of Triscuits, some luncheon meats, deli-made potato salad, and a couple of bananas and apples for snacks. It was time to launch our electric kayaks for the first time this year.
I figured that each of these finger lakes was plenty deep for our kayak motors but, I wasn’t sure about the connecting channels. I was hoping that we wouldn’t have to raise the motors and actually paddle the channels. I didn’t have to worry. The channels were fine.
The weather was ideal for electric kayaking - barely a breeze, unfiltered sun, and about 70º. Not hot, not cold, just right - not for swimming, mind you, but for buzzing around in the kayaks.
These interconnected finger lakes are awesome, as perfect for boating as Highway 119 was for driving. The channels were deep enough for most boats. I’d love to get our pontoon boat over here. This waterway has to be close to 50 miles. I know that bigger boats can navigate the half from Ellsworth to the end of Intermediate Lake. The bridge at Ellsworth is too low for most boats. Our kayaks and a row boat could make it under, but our pontoon couldn’t. Besides, I don’t know how deep the channels are beyond Ellsworth. They may or may not be able to float bigger boats.
We spent 6 hours on the trip and we could have spent another 6. Five of those six hours were running our electric motors at nearly full speed and sometimes full speed. We were surprised at how fast the current in the channels was running. We didn’t notice so much going up against the current, but on our return, the little kayaks really booked.