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Canyou Canoe Cayuga?
Our annual event, CanYou Canoe Cayuga, almost didn't happen in 2012. Erratic weather was expected in the area at the same time boaters would be in the water. Thanks to some fast action by John Mawdsley, Sharon Mier and the event crew, Canyou Canoe Cayuga was able to live on in a slightly shortened version on September 9th!
The event called together boaters to see what Cayuga Lake has to offer for recreational fun, and to learn about the threatening invasive aquatic weed, Hydrilla. The day beganwith a gathering at Sheldrake Point Winery, where boaters signed in and received their numbers, t-shirts, and travel packets of snacks and a Points of Interest handout. After a brief safety speech by John Mawdsley, participants clambered into their human-powered watercraft and shoved off for Taughannock Park.
Blue skies accompanied boaters on a day that was just right for being on the water. After a long, and for some, very tiring paddle, boaters pulled into Taughannock Park for a break and some excellent refreshments of fruit, bagels, trail mix, cookies, and much more. Newcomers flooded the shore to join the voyage to Cass Park.
The second half of the voyage proved itself to be wavier than the first, but fortunately, the waves were southbound, and provided a helpful nudge to weary travelers. A view of lake houses, beautiful tree lines, sailboats, and the smiles of other participants accompanied boaters along their trip. Once arriving at Cass Park, boaters were greeted with cheers, a chance to relax, and some delicious food along with a wonderful Lake Cake (thanks Patricia Haines!)
A special thank you to the Tompkins County Tourism Program for funding this event, to Wegmans and Tops for donating food and water for our launch sites, to Kendra’s for catering our end of the day celebration, to the volunteers to helped to organize and set-up the event, to the Guard boats scheduled to patrol sections of the lake, along with the amateur radio operators, the US Coast Guard Auxiliary, and trusty Dennis Montgomery, head of TioHero Tours, and to PSP Unlimited for the beautiful event t-shirts. Also a big thank you to everyone who signed up and those who were able to participate, we hope to see you all next year!
Here are comments from participants posted afterwards at the Cayuga Lake Watershed Network’s Facebook page:
From John Mayer and Liz Butler: THANK YOU! Cayuga Lake Watershed Network.... Thank You for "Can You Canoe Cayuga". The combined Ithaca Dragon Boat Club and Cornell Dragon Boat Club LOVED the Event. As You can see in the Photos, Our Dragon Boat SMILED and GRINNED the Whole Way! Fantastic event CanYou Canoe Cayuga volunteers and organizers! Thank You
From Paul Cookies Closs: Fantastic event!!!! I can not wait for next year! Food was OUTSTANDING! You guys did an amazing job! Love the CWN!
From Cynthia Brock: A big mahalo to the CanYou Canoe Cayuga organizers and volunteers for pulling it all together today after the uncertainty and chaos of yesterday's weather. It was a wonderful, fun, safe and welcoming environment for everyone, and the food was amazing! We love our shirts and I think the kids will be wearing them to school tomorrow to show off what they achieved! Thanks so much for making it happen! We look forward to doing it again next year!
From Julie Palmer Carmalt: A huge Mahalo (thank you) to John and Sharon and all the volunteers who helped make this event a huge success and tons of fun! LOVED the wind and waves (thank goodness it was a tail wind), your great energy and positive attitudes, the camaraderie of the paddlers, the wonderful support of the safety boaters, and the phenomenal post-paddle meal!!! YUM (though I regret not grabbing a pieced of the lake cake before it was devoured). Can't wait til next year!
For a humorously dramatic in-boat account of events, check out I CAN Canoe Cayuga!: or “My Epic Tale of Survival: How I Took on Cayuga Lake and Kicked its Wavy Butt" by 2012 intern Brittany Toledo!
Also, don't forget to check out the Finishing Times