But wait! There’s more!
If you haven’t already, be sure and check out Part 1. And for even more fun photos of Vattenpaddlar participants not taking all this racing business too seriously, just scroll on down. Just beware of portaging pirates.
On Saturday I had fun photographing the Vattenpaddlar Canoe and Kayak race on the Eau Claire Chain of Lakes in Barnes, Wisconsin. The ten-mile race began in Robinson Lake and then followed the channel into Birch Lake and on out into Upper Eau Claire Lake. From there, racers portaged around the outlet dam and followed the river on into Middle Eau Claire Lake. After fighting even more wind and waves, they entered the channel between Middle Eau Claire Lake and Lower Eau Claire Lake, portaged around the lock and dam, and then paddled across Lower Eau Claire Lake to finish at Mooney Dam. The five-mile race began in Middle Eau Claire Lake, but from there followed the same course through the channel and across Lower Eau Claire Lake.
(And now, as they say, a word from our sponsor… The race was sponsored in part by my Realtor wife, Jean Hedren. You can visit her website here, her Edina Realty page here, and her YouTube channel here. And now back to our regularly scheduled blogging…)
Some racers, like the first few you’ll see here, took their paddling very seriously. Others, less so. Everyone seemed to be having fun, including the ones who were after fast times rather than just fun times. But there seemed to be very little correlation between miles per hour and smiles per hour. And apart from the headwind that made a few of those miles feel a bit longer, the weather was just about perfect. It was a beautiful day to be out on the water.
For more photos, just scroll on down. And please stay tuned for Part 2.
Earlier this week I had the pleasure of photographing this home on Mathews Lake in Trego, WI. (Although that’s the postal address, this lake home is actually located about halfway in between Minong and Webb Lake. Or, if you’re not from northwest Wisconsin and want larger towns for landmarks, it’s in between Danbury and Hayward.)
But enough geography. Back to the lake. This beautiful lake home is in a great location, and it has a great waterfront. Something tells me this one will go fast. For more photos, just scroll on down.