Wednesday, May 4, 2011


I had decided if the weather was nice, a day long Kayak trip was in order.  Today was the day.  I drove to where the St. Croix river crosses Douglas County highway T and left the truck and bicycled back the 12 miles to the start and leisurely kayaked to the truck.

Good day with the temps probably around the +70F mark, but a very strong SSW wind...which was the direction I was heading most of the time down river. 

I did see a lot of ducks and also a few Bald Head Eagles, like this one sitting high in the tree hanging over the river looking for lunch.

This goose kept a close eye on me as I coasted by.

I stopped a little over half way down where the Buckley creek dumps in to the St. Croix for lunch.  I cooked up soup and dried out some clothes.  They were wet again 10 minutes after I had left this spot.

This is the Buckley Creek just before it dumps into the St Croix. 

I can't remember seeing a porcupine in such a small tree.  Between the weight of the porky and the wind a howling, he was really swaying in that little tree.   

Just a pic of the river.

This a spring that is well known by the locals.  The tree in the back ground has just recently went over, but it fell in a direction that it did not harm the spot where people drink from.  I remember stopping here when I was just little and drinking from here.  There was a cup here when I was small and still one here today.

Get outdoors and have some fun ! ! !


  1. Just what is that porcupine doing in that tree?
    Just for fun?

  2. Porkies are the scourge of forest managers. They eat the outer, living layers of the branches, and can kill an entire tree.

    I think you've got a nice routine there - bike, kayak. That's a beautiful river!

  3. Nice! A day spent biking and kayaking sure beats the day I spent at work!

  4. That sure looks like a good way to spend some time....


  5. I think the porcupine population in on the decline around here, but we still have a good number of them. They say in years gone by they were a protected animal because if you were standed without food in the woods, they are easy to corner and easy to kill. A strike to nose does them in. Do not know if the protected part is ture or a tale.

    It sure was a good way to spend some spring fever. Now to do some camping.