Kayaking Boardman (Take 1)

Boardman River starts at Boardman Lake and snakes quietly through downtown Traverse City, giving passers-by a glimpse of mother nature amidst an urban backdrop before emptying into Lake Michigan at the east end of Clinch Beach.

Boardman River from the Market

Boardman River from the Farmers Market

Jim and I cross Boardman River at two places on each walk we take to the Lake MI shoreline, frequently stopping to take in the view that the aged cement bridges have to offer along the way. It only recently dawned on us that, while we’ve hauled our kayaks dozens of miles across the state to whisk across more distant waters, we’d yet to put in at the river right under our noses.

We fixed that this evening.ย  ๐Ÿ™‚

Boardman View from Union Bridge

Boardman View from Union Street Bridge

After scooping up Baby J and grabbing a quick dinner, we set out to preview our kayak-launch-spot options. We ended up opting for the busier-than-anticipated library/Hull Park location as the paddling place of choice, but not before still-framing some of the splendor found on the southern end of Boardman Lake.

Swans Galore on Boardman Lake

Swans Galore on Boardman Lake

Black Sail (Jim approved \m/), White Swan

Black Sail (\m/), White Swan

Swimming Swan

Swimming Swan on Blue Waters

Settling in at our northern-more drop spot, we cruised the shoreline for a bit, enjoying the sight of sailing lessons in progress (including one capsized vessel – a harmless spill, if not humbling). ๐Ÿ˜‰

Library Boat Launch

Library Boat Launch

Sailors in Training

Sailors in Training

Tilting Sails

Tilting Sails

From there we took to the river portion of our trip, traveling under the foot bridge, the old train trestle and then the 8th & Cass Street bridges before an about-face in front of Firefly that sent us back to our starting point.

Boardman River Trestle

Boardman River Trestle

8th Street Bridge, Last Fall

8th Street Bridge, Last Fall

View from Firefly by Day

View from Firefly by Day

View from Firefly by Dusk

View from Firefly by Dusk

Not all of these pics are from today, but it still paints an accurate picture. Next time we’ll make the full trip from lake to lake – and I’ll head out with water-safe photography gadgets in tow! – but for now, that’s the view from dry land.ย  ๐Ÿ™‚

Destination-Next-Trip: Morsels :)  (kayaking with coffee?!?)

Destination-Next-Trip:ย  Morselsย  (kayaking with coffee?!?)

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2 thoughts on “Kayaking Boardman (Take 1)

  1. Heather says:

    Very pretty! I am horrified that I find myself looking forward to autumn already.

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