Splendour of the Arrow Lakes

Joyful Canoe Ride across the Lower Arrow Lake

My wife and I decided to cross the lake for a photo and video session. We launched our canoe conveniently equipped with an electric motor at the Fauquier boat dock. Our first destination was the mouth of the Whatshan River. It was very turbulent because of the recent heavy rainfalls and the meltwaters feeding the river. So we kept a safe distance. Then we circumnavigated ‘our’ tiny island that I have written about many times on this blog before. We landed at a sandy beach and watched the Needles ferry travelling between Fauquier and Needles. Coaxed by the hot sun, we spontaneously jumped into the lake for a quick refreshing swim. It is not an exercise for timid people. The lake, being part of the Columbia River, is cold even during the hottest part of the summer. I measured 14 degrees C (47 F). We felt great. What a pleasant way to live through the Covid-19 pandemic! Enjoy the video.

15 thoughts on “Splendour of the Arrow Lakes

  1. Very nice!!
    Biene took a lot of pictures I guess but seemingly not of bees. 🙂
    Biene also “macht eine gute Figur”, when swimming.
    Musicwise perfect!
    Well done.
    P.s.: I saw cut trees, is the forest also in danger?

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  2. I love the bee wings on Biene’s hat!

    When we see people jump right into the ocean on Cape Cod, where the Atlantic waters hover around 60 degrees F, we always say, “They must be Canadian.” 🙂 47 degrees? Yikes!

    Beautiful scenery, Peter.

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  3. And here’s another difference between your world and mine. The current water temperature off Galveston is between 83F and 85F, depending on which buoy you consult. Generally, 85F is considered warm enough to support a hurricane. Pleasure swimmers beware! (And with our heat indices breaking 100 this past week, a swim in your nice, frigid lake would be just the ticket!)


  4. One more thing (there are many) I am fascinated by is your (and Biene’s) spirit of adventure. Most people I see around me of that age seem to want to make as little physical effort as possible which, as you can probably guess, I don’t think very highly of. I wish you continuing robust health.

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