October 20, 2010

Our Kayaking Destinations (so far)

A few months ago, my wife and I took up kayaking. (http://strazzere.blogspot.com/2010/08/new-hobby-kayaks.html)  It's been a lot of fun.

We were able to get out most weekends, and ended up enjoying four different ponds/lakes.

Spot Pond, Stoneham, MA

This was our first time.  We were brought there by instructors, using their kayaks, so we couldn't explore on our own.

Spot Pond is a beautiful lake, but unfortunately, it's not open to the public.

Silver Lake, Wilmington, MA

Silver Lake is the body of water closest to home.  It's very small, and not overly scenic.  But for a quick, easy paddle, it's nice to have a place so close.

We went together once, and I went once alone.  When the water is clear, you can see some fish and turtles, along with the geese and other birds.

Lake Quannapowitt, Wakefield, MA

We had been walking around Lake Quannapowitt many times before, so it was fun to be able to get on the lake itself and paddle around.  

The parking can be difficult if you don't get there early enough, but Quannapowitt is big enough that you can explore a bit without being bored, so it's worth the effort.

Winnisquam Lake, Sanbornton, NH

My wife's friend has a home on Winnisquam.  We visited and spent several hours on the lake in their power boat, before ending the day with a quick paddle in the kayaks.

Beautiful, big, yet fairly quiet (at least when we were there).  Lots to see, including some beautiful lakeside homes, and a loon sanctuary.  I wish it were closer to home so we could get there more often.

We hope to get out a few times more before the weather becomes too prohibitive.  Unfortunately, we tend to get busier this time of year, so we'll see if that works out or not.

Next year - kayaking on some local rivers?

My name is Joe Strazzere and I'm currently a Director of Quality Assurance.
I like to lead, to test, and occasionally to write about leading and testing.
Find me at http://strazzere.blogspot.com/.


  1. Oh maybe kayaking in the SF Bay sometime soon?

  2. SF Bay sounds like fun. Perhaps we could paddle over to the Mythbusters...