Monday Jan 19th
Air Temp 22F
Water Temp 34F
Winds NE 10K
With boat loaded and drysuit on, I made my way to Pennoyer Park in Kenosha. I tromped through 12-18 inches of snow down to the mouth of the Pike River. Twice, I fell into a snow pocket, that was up to my waist.
The mouth of the Pike remains to be a good launch point. Along the Lake MI beach, surrounding ice shelf is 3-5 feet high, yet one can step into the shallows of the river at the mouth and launch from a sand beach. Today there was NW winds and 2 foot rollers pushing in from offshore. I stood in the water at the mouth and watched the timing of the waves. I noted my fingertips becoming cold and the icy wind cutting through my layers.
I recalled my personal rule of cold weather paddling- "If you can comfortably take a swim and then go out and paddle happily, all is good." I looked at the breakers rolling in. I watched a family snowshoe down the beach with their dog running wild. I felt cold. I came home.