Paddles on the Icy Huron!
|All photos on the Huron River by Jonathan Schechter|
Oakland County, Michigan
January 14, 2012
THESE PHOTOS ARE A SUPPLEMENT TO THE "OAKLAND OUTDOORS" FEATURE
STORY IN THE SUNDAY, JANUARY 22, EDITION OF THE OAKLAND PRESS.
The section of the Huron River near the town of Milford between Kensington Metropark
and the Proud Lake State Recreation Area is a busy place during summer
months. In winter, it's a river of solitude, incredible beauty and some dangers.
The photo above has captured a silent killer -- not the woman in the kayak.
The tree in the river (above) is a 'strainer'. During times of fast water a capsized
kayaker could be held against the limbs by the current and drown.
The river water strains though, the victim is trapped.
Water is powerful and nature can be unforgiving.
But with a bit of caution and a PFD (life jacket) the Huron is a sweet
temptress for this nature writer with a flare for 4-season adventure.
Look closely on the right bank: See something up ahead on shore?
"Wolf Pack" and "Tri-City Kayakers" at our half way point on the Huron.
And we all came home! (this photo courtesy of Scott Reid)