Sunday morning, I skipped church in favor of a 6 a.m. kayak launch at Boat Launch A at the Mauch Chunk Lake.
My niece Tonia and her friend Sally also decided to enjoy nature’s morning offerings, as did some early-morning fishermen and women and kayakers.
For a change, we decided to start out going down to the breast of the dam. The sun was beginning to rise, creating a gorgeous dance of fog as it reached for the sky and evaporated into the warming air.
This picture taken by Sally shows what some consider a Spirit as an orb located near Tonia’s right paddle. There’s no mistaking it’s not a reflection from the rising sun. We were not alone.
As we kayaked from the breast of the dam to the swamp at the other end of the lake (2.5 miles), many dragonflies greeted us on our journey. We watched as a few fish were caught and released and as minnows traversed the seaweed ecosystem. A bull frog let us know it was his territory. Again, we were not alone.
On the way back down, we were once again blessed to see and hear a bald eagle. It flew over the wooded area and swooped down to catch a fish before retreating to its breakfast nook. We were not alone.
The nearly four-hour journey ended with all of us getting out of the kayaks with smiles from ear to ear. Our hearts were filled with peace, aware of the beauty of nature, friendship and the outdoors.
Isn’t it great to spend time with ALL our morning friends?