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The Lure of the Lure!

My husband and I had gotten out of work early on a hot day in July, so we raced up to our camp on the St. Lawrence River. By the time we got there it was only about 2pm. I told my husband that I needed to get out on the water. I paddled in & out of the coves and bays all the way to the head of the island and decided to go in the last of the bays before heading back; as I had already been gone for nearly 3 hrs. I was floating along enjoying the quiet & beautiful shoreline when, dangling from a pine tree branch, I spot a fishing lure! Beautiful, shiny & colorful with the sun catching its shimmer.

Well, first of all I have to tell you how I love finding lures and adding them to the collection that I have found over the years. Well, anyway, there it was dangling in a tree above my head on a rocky cliff-like shore line. I tried using my paddle to reach up and pull the branch down closer, so that I could grab it, but after several attempts I was unsuccessful. Since there was not a shoreline or flat area to exit my kayak; I decided to try and STAND in my kayak. I figured if I could stay low and be quick about it, I would be ok.

I made my way from crouched position to a standing position doing so with great care. I quickly grabbed a hold of the tree limb and pulled it down towards me. Well, the branch acted like a sling shot and launched me backwards out of my kayak into the drink. My boat is now upside down and full of water. I stand up and realize that I am standing in only about 2 feet of water!

I chuckled to myself, thinking, "If I was doing just that - THINKING - I could have simply gotten out of my kayak, stood in the 2 feet of water, and reached up to grab the tree limb holding the lure."

Needless to say, I got my lure and paddled back home soaking wet. My husband came down to the dock and asked if I had found any treasures and I show him the lure. He sees that I am wet and asks, "Did you go swimming?"
With a crooked smile on my face I responded, "Something like that!"

Written by: Dawn E. Lewis - Liverpool, NY

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