Volunteer Trail

In a year of challenge, I spent the summer of 2020 on the water. With summer travel plans cancelled, my vacation days became long weekends. I was on my paddle board at least once a week, but two or three paddles a week was not unusual. Paddling is more fun with company, so I have two extra boards.

On the first Saturday in February one of my paddle friends and I decided it would be fun to check on our usual paddle spot, Percy Priest Lake. The Volunteer Trail in Long Hunter State Park has great views of some of the lake’s main islands.

Water levels are lower in the winter which allowed us to see the rocks we walk on when launching the boards.
Looking across the lake to Bear Island. Nothing is better than having Friday lunch on one the the island’s beaches.
No cliff jumping today.
Do not enter! With the boards we are able to go further into coves than the fishing boats, but we respect the shallow ends. Last summer we watched several deer come out of the woods to drink water from this cove.
Remains of an old road that ran across what is now Percy Priest Lake. When the dam was completed in 1968, water covered what was once homes and farm land.
Lakeside, bench yoga with my pup Jolene.

17 thoughts on “Volunteer Trail

  1. Barbara Rodgers says:

    What a lovely place to catch up with a friend, remembering the summer in the depths of winter. I love the picture of you and Jolene on the bench. 🙂 Your paddle boards are so bright and colorful. I’m guessing you paddle out to the islands for your lunch? Sounds like fun. 🙂

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  2. ZeroSpace says:

    Fabulous. Great pics. It looks like you are in really great shape from your yoga and paddleboarding. Great pic of your dog too! I have always wanted to try the paddleboard thing. I first witnessed people paddleboarding during the summer in Juneau at Mendenhall glacier lake. Can you imagine standing on the paddleboard looking at a huge glacier off in the distance? They wear cold water suits to keep them warm. And it does sometimes get up to 75 or 80 in the summers up there. It looked amazing.

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  3. shoreacres says:

    Does Jolene go with you on the board? There’s a guy who paddleboards up and down a channel that passes by a marina where I work occasionally, and his dog always is on the front of the board, just looking around. It amazes me. I suspect there was a lot of training in the beginning.

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    • Sarah Davis says:

      Working on it. She does not like the water, so am am working on getting her comfortable with water and swimming first. Heeler are known for hating water. My previous dog would go with me.


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