Friday, August 26, 2016

Caves

This year, the water level is at a near record low, which means as I paddle along the familiar shore near our camp, I am seeing more of the ledges than have ever been visible before. It makes sense that places that are normally underwater year round have eroded more than those above the surface. But I had no idea there were so many caves. All those dark little pockets I could see beneath the surface and wondered what was down there are now completely exposed. It's a little unnerving actually, to have to look up at the formations that I'm used to seeing at eye level.

But, oh so cool!

The high water mark is the the top of the white in the photos.





This little cave was full of opened clam shells. I think I found somebody's (maybe an otter's) feeding spot. It smelled REALLY bad.



This is my all time favorite cave which we named the Turtle long ago because it looks like a sleepy turtle with a head and two front legs. (I used to beg my father to paddle the canoe close so I could tickle its chin.) I have snorkled into the cave beneath it many times, but I've never been able to bring a boat inside before. 

 I was a little apprehensive, but I gathered my courage and paddled into the cool dimness, being careful of my head. The water was flat calm and the gurgles sounded like deep-throated animals breathing quietly. (Or maybe swallowing.)





It went back a lot farther than I'd ever realized. And looked like it went back farther still.



A selfie in the Turtle with the opening behind me.





It was much bigger inside that I thought, and I was able to turn the kayak completely around, using my hands on the walls. The water was about a foot deep beneath me, and the rocks were golden-green in the magical light.




A sailboat passed by just as I was starting out. But the funniest thing was that two kayaks paddled right by the opening just after I took this shot. I had no idea they were approaching, and they had no idea I was in there, and we scared each other half to death. When we'd all stopped laughing, I calmly said, "I live here." The guy looked like I was out of my mind, but the woman said, "There are a lot worse places to live." 

I totally agree.