One of the most difficult crossings of my entire 80 years of life. Wind was steady at 25 knots. Just after entering the lake the snow turned to sleet which burned like pelts and waves were almost impossible. Could make only few feet at a time.
Here's some shots of our launch this morning:
My hat blew off, was hanging around my neck and couldn't even pause from paddling for a split second for fear I would get broadside waves and not able to get the boat into the wind again. Such a condition could possibly mean immediate swamping and the mission would be at jeopardy. The crossing of Lake Irvine and paddle in on Lake Bemidji to the Hampton Inn took 40 minutes.
Judi got some great video footage of our paddle in on Lake Bemidji:
I'm the Grey Beard Adventurer. But you can call me Dale Sanders, and these are my stories.