This year - my third year of retirement travels - will be my gather kayaking experiences while adding photos and videos as well as seeing some more of America's more popular beaches. While living all my life in land-locked areas of the Midwest, I've often longed to visit the ocean. My enlistment in the Marines back in 1970 sent me to San Diego and later the beaches of Camp Pendleton and vicinity. I learned one thing - I absolutely loved the beach. So, this year will be a "Beach Tour". Beginning this trip from Indianapolis, Indiana, I traveled southeast through Ohio, Kentucky and West Virginia to my first stop along this year's travel trail - Beech Fork State Park on Beech Fork Lake.
|As always, a view of camp in the Old Orchard section of Beech Fork State Park.|
|I liked this one as an alternate site for the next time I visit here.|
|View of the swimming pool from the Overlook Trail park bench.|
As I usually do, I like to take little side trips - aside from grocery restocking or propane refilling. One of particular interest was a "restaurant" I saw in a Food Network or Travel Network cable TV program - The Hillbilly Hot-Dog stand. If I hadn't seen the sign, I would have thought it was an antique shop or junkyard.
|Perpetuating the myths about Appalachian people, they sell hot dogs among all this junk.|
|Aah, come-on. Who hasn't done this?|
Yesterday, staying on mission for this tour, I took advantage of an 81-degree afternoon - possibly the last of the season - and got my kayak out on the water of Beech Fork Lake. The day was absolutely beautiful for an autumn day. This season has been fairly dry, so the leaves weren't as colorful as they might have been, but rather they just browned and dropped into the breezes of October.
Earlier in the summer, I worked to install Scotty fishing pole mountings on my kayak, but I don't fish. I wanted them as camera mounts. I made a 42" flagpole for the aft deck and installed my flag and added a screw-mount on top for my Drift HD Ghost action camera. I also installed a second flush mounted Scotty fixture at the front of the kayak cockpit and purchased a Scotty camera/compass mount to afix my Kodak SP-1 waterproof action camera.
|Scotty flagpole (fishing pole mount) on the aft deck of my kayak. The gold cap can be replaced by a camera mount.|
|Slowly and quietly, I cruised toward this flock of Canadian Geese without disturbing their peace.|
I've been enjoying my visit here, so other postings will have to wait until the fun is over, but before I go on the road again - which is November 7th - next Monday. I've got to move on. I have the traveling itch and it's time to go. As I leave, I leave nothing behind and take only photographs.