June 15th -- I’ve only logged one voyage on Kaleidoscope Pond, this year.
In other years, the weather has been hot/dry enough to embark at least once in May.
You won’t find Kaleidoscope Pond on any chart. It’s an old and abandoned gravel quarry that I “discovered” thirty years ago.
It’s a five mile overland bicycle ride from my house to Kaleidoscope via the bike path. Sometimes I have adventures along the overland trek and sometimes it’s just a trek on a concrete ribbon, between here and there.
Essential ship’s stores:
Okay, so the A. hat really belongs under the heading, pond uniform; it’s a Tilley hat and I just bought it at a yard sale for 25 cents! B. Water shoes…I haven’t gone barefoot in any body of water, since I sliced my foot open on glass on the bottom of a friend’s creek, when I was eight. C&D Two full water bottles and a third full one in it’s carrier on my bike. E. The green packaged coil is a mosquito repelling bracelet, which works…when I remember to take it (ONLY piece of equipment that I forgot to take on this year’s maiden voyage…and my arms show it!) F. A pouch of mixed dried fruit is under the bracelet. G. This summer’s book is Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson…one of my favorite books by one of my favorite authors in a cheap copy…so no great loss if it gets waterlogged. My boat’s articles insist that any book I take out has boating in its theme. I read a chapter a voyage.
H. Tube of waterproof sunscreen I. rye flatbread J. tin of smoked oysters
K. jackknife for cutting careless fishers lines out of braches. Once I saved a duck who was tangled in a line. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~