Still Waters: Paddling the Utica Reservoir

Trips, Weekends

Cramped Up Utica Reservoir red kayak smooth waters

Utica Reservoir – California Sierra Nevada
The morning is still with a small bit of haze and a quiet likened to Cape Cod summer mornings skipping across the harbor in our 14 ft whaler.  “The water’s like glass,” I say, as we slip our paddles in and out and push our boats onward exploring rocky inlet after rocky inlet, “how about here?” We dart into a small escape from the larger part of the lake.  Rounding a corner, our boats are suddenly in the midst of a lily pad forest, and we slide up onto the adjacent granite shore with ease. Once up and out, we find our spot, lay out our towels and bask in the Sierra summer morning sun.  “It doesn’t get much better than this,” we exclaim before one or both of us leaps off the rock to break the stillness of the water.

Cramped Up Utica Reservoir topless kayak

Cramped Up Utica Reservoir yellow kayak

Cramped Up Utica Reservoir cliff jump

Cramped Up Utica Reservoir lily pads

Cramped Up Utica Reservoir fast paddle

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Cramped Up Utica Reservoir hanging out

Cramped Up Utica Reservoir red kayak yellow hat

Cramped Up Utica Reservoir red kayak

Cramped Up Utica Reservoir hammock

Cramped Up Utica Reservoir the woods

Cramped Up Utica Reservoir paddling

Cramped Up Utica Reservoir water carry

Cramped Up Utica Reservoir American Binoculars

Cramped Up Utica Reservoir morning paddle

Cramped Up Utica Reservoir red kayak pair

Cramped Up Utica Reservoir sunset kayak 2
All photos taken with 35mm film on a Canon AE-1.
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