Thursday, May 17, 2012
8 Miles to Start the Day
Yesterday, I was on the water by 6 am. I hit Miller Riverfront Park in Mchenry and headed North on the Fox River. It is still early in the season (barely) and early enough in the morning, so there was no boat traffic on the water. It was a little chilly, but nothing that was uncomfortable.
I paddled up through downtown Mchenry. There are some great buildings to look at in that area. You have Miller Dream Marine that is an ancient cinder block building, the docks of the old Joey T's that burned down, and the old water tower of Water Tower Marina.
This section of the river is all homes and boat lifts. It is interesting to see what every one has though! There were a lot of kayaks and canoe hanging under boat lift roofs and laying on docks. The powerboats that line the shore range from new 30 foot cruisers to sinking ski boats from the past. There is even a pirate themed boat house, complete with pirates climbing the trees and a waterall.
I paddled up to the Chapel Hill bridge. Just downriver of the bridge is a cove on the west side that is all cat tails. There are some channels in there that are fun to explore. The carp are out in full force, so don't be startled when the water starts flying and fish tails are everywhere.