It was a great time meeting up with a boat load of people out on the lake. I hung with them and watched the sunset but, in the back of my head was the thought, "I am about 5 miles from my put in....and it is going to be dark".
I was prepared though. This was the night of my first night paddle. I had a battery operated bow and stern light to keep me legal and visible. Once I left the party, I headed straight to shore and hugged it all the way back. It was very calm out this evening, which made it that much more relaxing.