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The weather was overcast, with virtually no measurable wind, and water that was glass flat. I was forced to take out once along the way, but there were a couple of other times where I should have, but just plowed over and through some downed branches.
One blue heron was in my sight just ahead of me for most of the two hour trip and a few pairs of swans were spotted along the way. I made sure to keep my distance in case there were nests along the way. Just past a large duck blind, I spotted a beaver and about a 1/2 mile further north I came across the first of two water rats.
The brush wasn't blooming yet and the Swamp still had that wintery gray, desolate look. Once I got to a second spot that would require another take-out about 2-1/2 miles north, I turned around and made my back south to Green Chimneys rather quickly due to the prevailing current.
All in all, it was extremely quiet and peaceful and a great way to spend a couple of hours on a Saturday.