My First Kayak Trip

I took a trip to the public boat launch on the north end of Ballston Lake to try out the new kayak, and to see if the lake has thawed yet. It hasn't, which is surprising. Last year it was already thawed as of some time between March 17 and March 21.

I paddled a short way up the marshy Ballston Creek. A beaver and I scared the pants off of each other. There was only a narrow corridor in which to paddle, and we were both cornered. I screamed. Twice, actually. Once because of my initial startlement, and a second time after I realized that I was sitting so low in the water that the angry beaver could easily GET ME if he chose to.

Anyway, I was still cornered and was going to have to paddle directly over the angry beaver. After that I was happy to hurry back to the car.

Hiked Hough and Dix Mtns

We hiked Hough and Dix mountain this weekend. It was very wet, windy, and cold. Here we are getting blasted with wind and rain at our final destination, Hough Peak:

Click here for a full trip report.

Ice Fishing Ballston Lake

We put in a lot of hours, and managed to catch a perch, bass, and several 10" crappie. Oh, and also the usual mini-sunfish.

This was a mediocre day of fishing during a period of somewhat flat, but unstable air pressure:

Big Bass on the Ice

We caught some crappie, perch, sunfish, and nice largemouth bass just under 19 inches at Ballston Lake:

Ice Fishing Shaver Pond

Today I went ice fishing before work at Shaver Pond in Grafton Lakes State Park for the first time. It is one of the few places where you can keep trout all-year round if you can catch one. I didn't catch anything. It made for a rough day:

Terrible fishing during a period of steeply dropping air pressure (although I have never had very good success on this lake, so it's possible that I'm just fishing wrong):

Ice Fishing Round Lake

I happened to wake up early this morning, so I drove up to Round Lake for some ice fishing before work. I haven't had much success fishing Round Lake, but it has always been a great place to watch the sun rising:

This was a poor day of fishing during a period of increasing pressure:

Baby Carrot Quality Control

Man, they just don't make baby carrots like they used to. Check out this recent batch:

What is happening at our carrot factories?

Green Mountain Marathon

I ran the Green Mountain Marathon in South Hero, Vermont this weekend. My left knee was really sore and prevented me from training for a few weeks before the marathon. It was sore before I started running this morning. However, after 5 miles or so it felt better. It felt better as my other knee and hips and things started feeling sore. I made it to the halfway mark without too much of a problem, although I was getting sore and tired. I think that is when my lack of training over the last couple of weeks took effect. The second half was all pretty difficult. Up until mile 18 or 20 or so I was sort of keeping up reasonably well, but I was dwindling. After mile 22 it was REALLY tough. I walked a lot. I walked hills, mile markers, rest stops (anywhere that I could justify a break). At around mile 24, I took a rest stop. When I move to get going again, my left knee felt pretty bad, and my system felt like it was failing - my head and particularly my ears felt really hot, and I had a cold sweat. I walked it off, and it passed. I did the marathon shuffle for most of the last mile.

Overall, it was not a great run (from the beginning I did no feel very good, I had no confidence). Also, the only food on the course was 3 gooey packets. 2 of the packets that I took at first had caffeine. I drank a good amount. For the first half I probably drank a little cup of water or gatorade at every station (every 2-3 miles), and after that I grabbed 3 cups half-gatorade (which usually amounted to 1 full 12 ounce cup) at every station. I and took 4 or 5 bathroom breaks.

After the race, it was really hard to walk. My hips feel swollen, but not too bad. My knees are really sore, and it makes it hard to walk. My left foot hurts, just above the arch. I have one toenail that feels pretty bad. My upper body feels fine.

The race itself was really awesome. $25, a beautiful island run, and a nice long-sleeved cotton shirt to boot.

4h:17min, 9.8 minute miles.
258/416 finishers

Burden Lake Fishing

I managed to get out fishing a couple of times. I got skunked twice at Round Lake, and caught some fish twice at Burden Lake. Giant fish were jumping all over Round Lake, they just weren't biting what I had to offer. At Burden Lake there were plenty of nice perch, pickerel, and bass to catch. The bass made a nice fish fry. Here are some pictures from early in the morning at Burden Lake:

I was getting skunked at Round Lake while the pressure was flat then increasing (see the first two yellow bars), then I was catching fish at Burden Lake when the pressure started dropping (see the second two yellow bars):

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Ween Concert

I went to go see the band Ween play a concert in Central Park (NYC) this weekend. You can listen to the entire concert courtesy of Archive.org:

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