After all the planning, training, and preparations we are finally ready to begin our British Canoeing Three Lakes Challenge and kayak the longest lakes in England, Scotland and Wales. Boo is joined in her paddling and fundraising by a fellow Sea Scout and the New Hut Appeal bear mascot.
This will be the youngest group to complete the Three Lakes Challenge with eight children aged between 10 and 14 years starting on Bala Lake, Wales this morning ably supported by Libby and Jenna from the Leam Boat Centre and Mark too. Two of the children are not planning to paddle Loch Awe but the rest of the team intend completing the challenge together.
The launch point at Bala Lake was shallow enough for everyone to walk their boats into the water before getting in whilst Jenna double checked the fitting of their spraydecks.
Boo was a bit too intently focused on drinking from her drinks bladder to notice that Jenna had given her a gentle shove onto the lake whilst she was still facing the shore.
And so it was that Boo began her paddle of Bala Lake backwards!
It wasn’t long before the onshore wind had spread the group out and Boo had started facing the right way.
They have fabulous scenery to interest them as they head to their lunch stop at the far side of the lake. The weather is breezy and a little chilly out of the sun. Hopefully the showers will hold off until they finish this first lake and we head north to Windermere.
Thank you for your support for Boo and Mark as they complete the Three Lakes Challenge.