Exploring Rainy Lake

We have a new toy, and I’m just loving it.

DSCN8361 The cool thing about our new kayak is that it’s inflatable, which means we can fold it up and put in the camper.  And it’s a cinch to blow up.  Check it out:

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Nifty, eh?

We tested it out at Rainy Lake, a lovely little jewel of a mountain lake in the Seeley-Swan Valley.  Rainy Lake (and isn’t that just a perfect name for a lake?) is a loon nesting area, and I was hoping we’d see a loon carrying a baby on its back.   Mainly though, we were just happy to spend some hours on the lake, playing with our new toy.

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We watched a heron fishing along the shore,  and were watched by a bald eagle from his perch.



A couple of loons were calling to each other at the east end of the lake.  We got as close as we could without disturbing them, and – success! – one of them had a baby on her back!   The photos I got were from pretty far away, so they’re pretty fuzzy, but still…such a grand sight.  Can you see the little baby on her back?





About westerner54

Hello. I'm Cindy, and I love to hike, bike and explore the outdoors - particularly the western U.S.
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21 Responses to Exploring Rainy Lake

  1. Jet Eliot says:

    These are wonderful photos, Cindy. Yes, the inflatable kayak is nifty, and the eagle and heron are gorgeous–but the baby loon on mother’s back is truly endearing.

  2. Jeff Katzer says:

    Yes, really nifty.

  3. Gary Holmes says:

    Wow, great. We are definitely getting one of these.

  4. Sue says:

    Cool boat, I can see where these would be very handy for running rivers too.

  5. judysbirds says:

    Absolutely love the baby loon pics. And a very cool kayak!

  6. Janet says:

    A beautiful area makes for great photos. My husband and I have talked about getting an inflatable kayak. Nice to see someone who has one.

  7. What spectacular scenery. So gorgeous. I’ve never been out West so I truly appreciate your taking us there via your stunning images.

    We have a Rainy Lake in northern Minnesota. I expect more than a loon or five calls that lake home, too.

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