Annual fall paddle on Donner Lake a warm affair |

Annual fall paddle on Donner Lake a warm affair

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TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212;-A group of longtime locals and friends launched their kayaks from the Tahoe Donner Beach on Donner Lake. Every year a group gets together for a final paddle of the season, a ritual of paddling over to the south side to check on the baby osprey, who have left the nest and the majestic Bald Eagle sitting guard on a tree top a little farther down the lake.

Then over to Jay and Paula Price’s to park the array of colorful kayaks and head to the new kitchen for breakfast. The group finishes up back at Tahoe Donner beach.

Some years the swan song has taken place in freezing cold temperatures and very rough water. This year it was a glorious day and kayaking can continue for weeks to come.

The group included Bobbi Specht, Debby Echenique, Julie Pratt, Marianne Porter, Kerry Kautz, Andy Sarouhan, Susan Adams and Erica Sarouhan.

Happy paddling!