"Two roads diverged in a yellow wood... And sorry I could not travel both. I took the one less traveled by. And that has made all the difference." --Robert Frost

Friday, October 16, 2015

Kayaking on Beautiful Watson Lake, AZ

Wilhoit, AZ
Camp Clark


We're back at our friends house moochdocking just south of Prescott.  They have a great place for us with water, electric and a beautiful view of the surrounding mountains.  How lucky are we?  We arrived in the evening as the sun was getting ready to set.



 
The next day Dotty and I headed out for some kayaking on nearby Watson Lake while Steve and Doug had to work.  Too bad for them :-)


 
Watson Lake is one of two reservoirs at the Granite Dells, outside of Prescott, that was formed in the early 1900s when the Chino Valley Irrigation District built a dam on Granite Creek. The other is Willow Lake.  The unique geological formation of the Dells, consists of massive granite boulders that have eroded into rounded bumpy and unusual shapes.  It is very popular for kayaking, fishing and hiking.

This one reminds me of Kermit the Frog.


  
A lone hiker taking a rest atop a rock (L) and this one looks like a sleeping elf? (R)

 
 Dotty paddling away.


A crane in mid flight.



A beautiful day for kayaking!

 Great reflections!

  






 
 This dragon fly was buzzing right along with us as we paddled for quite a distance.
 

 
We headed back just in time to beat this crazy storm that was blowing in.  Lots of thunder and lightning.  Quite a show!


 
What a great day on the water!  Thanks Dotty!

19 comments:

  1. Your friends have an awesome spread! Love that area and the lakes. Looks like a perfect day on the water!

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    1. Yes, they spoil us! It was a fantastic day for sure.

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  2. We loved kayaking on this lake. We had a calm day with smooth waters, too. I was on reflection photos overload. Every rock formation created the best reflection. Fun day:)

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  3. Looks like a great place to kayak, love the cool rock formations!

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    1. Supposed to have great fishing too. The lake was "turning" though and was full of algae.

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  4. Always wanted to try kayaking. That looks sooo peaceful.

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    1. Kayaking? Yes, love it. It can be restful, and peaceful, but a good upper body workout too.

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  5. I love Watson Lake and have wanted to kayak it but never had the time... so jealous! Great photos. Love all the reflections.

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    1. I'd love to hike around it too. There were some interesting things to see on the far side if you hiked it.

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  6. We love to paddle calm water like that, Debbie. Great of seeing fish! :). I have to chuckle, as I have a bunch of photos with my red kayak bow in the lower part of the photo. No pink toenails, though. :)

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    1. I'm sure Diana could paint your nails for you ;-) If you do, I'd like to see the picture!

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  7. What great pics! Absolutely amazing! Thanks for sharing!

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  8. I have to agree that you've got some excellent photos there. Kermit is a great name for that one :-) What type of camera do you use?

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    1. Ha ha, I have a Cannon point and shoot that is nice, but I still tend to use my iphone6.

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  9. Those reflection pictures are amazing

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