On July 20th it was a very special day, my mother-in-law’s birthday! This special woman deserves all the best and got to enjoy her birthday in the woods in the Forestburgh airbnb. She played Jenga, enjoyed coffee on the deck, kayaked around the pond and got to relax at the Rio Reservoir. I would say she had a good birthday week.
Picnic at the Reservoir
The first place we went to when we got our kayaks was at this reservoir. Rio Reservoir is a nice quiet little place where you can fish and kayak. You can also stop along the shoreline and rest, sit on a bench and enjoy a little lunch. This is what we did, after many times saying “It’s just after that corner.” Many corners later, we found the spot we wanted.
We had a long picnic, but it felt short to us ladies. We made some turkey sandwiches, had ice cream and ate gummy bears. You can’t have a picnic without gummy bears, am I right? I also picked up some of the garbage around the area which includes bottle caps, candy wrapper, and an empty water bottle. It always amazes me that people leave empty bottles on trails or anywhere…It’s lighter when you’re done drinking. Why crush the bottle and leave it on the trail or in the woods? Why not put it in your pockets? It’s just frustrating when you see empty bottles ruining our nature.
Moving on. After our little picnic and rest we continues kayaking until we could see the small Rio Dam Road bridge. By the time we reached the spot, the sky turned ominous.
Kayaking in the Rain
When we turned around to go back to the parking lot the wind picked up. This made kayaking back a little harder and scarier. I was scared we would flip over so I made sure to put on my life jacket. Hey, it’s better to be safe than sorry, since I’m a horrible swimmer.
A few times the wind picked up really hard and we were all worried we would go over. The cooler top ended up getting ripped off and flew into the water. Jenny was able to kayak to it and picked it right up. For her first summer of kayaking, ever, she has been doing amazing! She looks like a natural, enjoys it every time and this time even pulled her aunt the entire time.
In the end, we didn’t get soaked and missed the rain cloud. We had a great time and it was a good day for kayaking. If you’re still looking for a place to check out before the summer is over, go to Rio Reservoir. There is a section for swimming and it’s usually empty on weekdays. You can kayak, fish or go swimming at the reservoir with family or friends. It’s also a great place to escape them as well.