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    Heavy rain, warm temps and high winds melted almost six inches of ice on my lake overnight. I was skiing in the woods on Friday and it looks like I'll be paddling today. Anyone up for a paddle in NE Pa.?

    #2
    I hear you brother . I poked my head outside this morning 58 degree F at 5 AM. A morning like that will start a guy thinking about getting out on the water but then a 50 mph gust of wind hitting you will bring me back to reality real quick. But it's still nice to even think about getting on the water this time of year. I just hope we don't pay for these mild temps this March and April.

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      #3
      You might want to stay off rivers or at least be super careful. Here in SW Michigan my local river popped up three feet and doubled in volume in about 24 hours.

      https://waterdata.usgs.gov/usa/nwis/uv?site_no=04101500

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        #4
        I'm upwind of you and had 60 mph winds yesterday. Thought about taking boges for a paddle but thought better after stepping outside. Turned out to be a college Basketball day.

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          #5
          The wind died down around 3PM and I had a nice paddle. I rescued a plastic swan that blew across the lake from a neighbors place, met my wife and grandkids at the far end of the lake and shot some hoops and had a couple of good conversations with two of my neighbors. It was truly a blessing and it looks like I'll have at least 4 or 5 days more before thing change.

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            #6
            Originally posted by lowangle al View Post
            Heavy rain, warm temps and high winds melted almost six inches of ice on my lake overnight. I was skiing in the woods on Friday and it looks like I'll be paddling today. Anyone up for a paddle in NE Pa.?
            Where are you paddling? I've lived most of my life within 2 hrs of NE/Erie and due to a brain freeze, the only lake I can think of is Findlay (and Erie)
            ...better to be up the creek without a paddle than not be on the water at all!!!

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              #7
              I'm in the Poconos, pretty far from lake Erie.

              I saw two painted turtles yesterday. They were on the move on the bottom in shallow water, surprised the heck out of me.

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                #8
                My apologies, Al. I assumed your 1st post was referring to the the city (borough) of Northeast, PA - which is actually in NW PA.

                ...better to be up the creek without a paddle than not be on the water at all!!!

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                  #9
                  I see, and I apologize for assuming you were geographically challenged.

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                    #10
                    referring to the the city (borough) of Northeast, PA
                    Probably the worst-named burgh in the US although there ARE some good wineries nearby...

                    Al, not to worry, we're sending freezing temps your way tonight.

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                      #11
                      Bring it on, I'm a winter guy. 15F here this morning and if the wind keeps the lake from freezing and Saturdays snow comes I may be able to paddle and ski on the same day. That is something I have been unable to do in Ak. but is pretty common here in Pa.

                      I'd like to know how the resident geese knew the lake had thawed and returned within a day. I guess they didn't go too far.

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                        #12
                        Enroute to sand beaches next to blue liquid and cups of liquid topped with little umbrellas
                        And diving and snorkeling and paddling
                        We only will miss ten days of snow though
                        And we have had snow since before Christmas
                        Just got outta town ahead of an unhyped foot of snow

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                          #13
                          Good for you YC, I hope you have a great time. I was hoping to do a trip south too, but my wife can't go and I can't leave her without the car.

                          Believe it or not I have felt that sitting on the beach having a cocktail feeling recently while in my Baker tent sitting by the wood stove watching the moon rise. Different scene, same feeling.

                          If you are passing through the area where I 81 and I 84 meet and you are hungry I can direct you to some great pizza just off the interstate.

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                            #14
                            I have an unheated, uninsulated summer cottage on a small lake (Tingley) near exit 217 on I 81. Its 225 miles from home (near New Era Stadium). While I have a couple of canoes at the cottage, its almost too far for a day trip in the winter just to paddle. I can always dream, but I prefer to have a flush toilet when I' there.
                            Lake Erie is
                            indomitable in the winter, so I don't even try in the winter. While the water may be soft, my body is too soft to make the attempt this time of the year.

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                              #15
                              Your place is probably less than an hour and a half north of me. 225 miles is way too far for a daytrip for me . My limit is about 100 miles.

                              I checked into how painted turtles spend the winter, I always thought they buried themselves in the mud and hibernated but was wrong. They just stay under the ice and absorb oxygen through their skin and believe it or not their anus.

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