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Old 06-28-2018, 05:37 PM   #1
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Sand Lake Paddle

Last Sunday afternoon, I decided to take my trusty paddle partner, Silly Cow Dog, and head out to Sand Lake (Off the Powley-Piseco Rd). I have looked at it on the map for years but I have never been there, since I didn't have a cart for my kayak. But, I just got a new kayak cart (Malone Clipper Deluxe) and I wanted to try it out. (Photo 1) It worked great for the smoother parts of the trail, but most of the trail wasn't smooth (Photo 2) and it took me 30 minutes to get to the water. This included pulling my boot out of the mud that literally sucked it right off my foot.

Once we arrived, we had the place to ourselves. (Photo 3). Bugs were bad at the put in, but not bad once we were paddling. The shoreline was covered in pretty flowering bushes. Azalea??? (photo 4). I also saw the BIGGEST snapper I have ever seen in my life. He surfaced repeatedly near my kayak and seemed to have no fear of us. I swear I could hear the theme music from Jaws! I didn't get pics of the snapper, but I did get one of Silly Cow Dog giving me a WTF look when it kept on surfacing. (Photo 5). Mother nature threw all kinds of stuff at us: Heavy clouds, wind, rain, sun, and finally at the end of the paddle, lovely dead calm. (Photo 6). Back at the put in I cleaned up all the garbage (GRRRRR) and put it in the kayak to haul out. This time it took me 40 min. to get to the car.

It was an enjoyable way to spend a few hours, but I don't think I will return again unless someone else volunteers to help me with the kayak.:-)
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Old 06-28-2018, 06:00 PM   #2
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Awesome! Totally awesome!

Sand has been on my list for a while, but I keep hearing about the mud. Snowshoe destination maybe?

Thanks for picking up the trash.

Great picture of SCD
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Old 06-28-2018, 06:37 PM   #3
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Nice TR. Thanks for the trash detail.
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Old 06-28-2018, 09:05 PM   #4
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Schip,
Sand Lake is a gem, isn't it? Nice photos. Are you adventurous enough to attempt to paddle to Clockmill? My son and I almost made, Bluefire and the sidekick were successful. The outlet of Sand Lake is some very quiet and intimate paddling.
There's some good views from the southern end of the lake...

That mucky spot halfway in has always been there...
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great TR, thank you! i've been wanting to get to there and clockmill, hopefully next week as i have the whole week off. gotta get my cart fixed tho, as it blew out a tire going to Henderson Lake..
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...gotta get my cart fixed tho, as it blew out a tire going to Henderson Lake..
Moody, just curious as to what type of cart do you have & how did it happen?
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Moody, just curious as to what type of cart do you have & how did it happen?
the tire was soft when we started, and went completely flat when 1/2 way there. we tried pumping and flat tire fixer spray, but no go. got back home, tore it apart, and the tube had ripped around the stem. got new tube, just haven't put together yet, waiting for inspiration! bought at a garage sale, no idea what kind it is...
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Very nice! Except of course for the trash. Thanks for cleaning up.
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The look on your dog's face is priceless!
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The look on your dog's face is priceless!
Well, SHE is priceless.:-)
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Old 07-01-2018, 11:22 AM   #11
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Schip,
Sand Lake is a gem, isn't it? Nice photos. Are you adventurous enough to attempt to paddle to Clockmill? My son and I almost made, Bluefire and the sidekick were successful. The outlet of Sand Lake is some very quiet and intimate paddling.
There's some good views from the southern end of the lake...

That mucky spot halfway in has always been there...
I have read your TR for you Sand Lake Adventure. I have hiked to Clockmill and thought is was a lovely place. Maybe I'll try to paddle to it someday when the memory of the mud pit has faded. Sand Lake was wonderful. I wish I could spend more time there. But that carry was difficult for me. Maybe it wouldn't have been so bad but for some reason I had expected it to be an easy wheel and thought the mud part was just a few feet. If I had known all along it was going to be difficult, maybe I wouldn't have been so frustrated.

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Awesome! Totally awesome!

Sand has been on my list for a while, but I keep hearing about the mud. Snowshoe destination maybe?

Thanks for picking up the trash.

Great picture of SCD
I think it would make a good snowshoe trip. It was 2.1 miles from Rt 10.

Silly Cow Dog is very photogenic.:-)

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Old 07-07-2018, 01:45 AM   #13
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well, i got my cart fixed, and went paddling there Thursday, great paddle! you will be happy to know that while i was there the DEC dumped off a load of 4"x6" lumber, w/ note on it, saying it was for fixing the trail to sand lake, please don't burn or tamper w/...
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