We paddled over 4 miles on smooth water with beautiful scenery. While out in the middle, the water was so dark, almost black. But the closer we got to the shoreline, it turned a beautiful emerald green and was extremely clear.
Most of the surrounding forest was your typical maples, oaks, sweet gum and so on. But we soon came to an area where it was nothing but evergreens. It was almost like we were on a completely different lake. And it smelled wonderful!
We were also blessed to see a deer come out of the woods for a drink. (I drew an arrow on one of the pics below so you can see it...kinda.) Pay attention to your surroundings and take it all in. You never know what you will miss!
And although there was a steady breeze, the sun was very hot. The awesome part, though, of being in a kayak, is you can quickly cool yourself off!