Pictures: Banks Lake Full Cold Moon paddle 2021-12-18

The wind was brisk but died down as soon as we started paddling on a warm winter night, to see the sun set and the moon rise over Banks Lake, our mini-Okefenokee just west of Lakeland, Georgia.

[Banners, Sunset, Moonrise]
Banners, Sunset, Moonrise

Russell even saw an osprey nest.

[Osprey nest --Russell Allen McBride]
Osprey nest –Russell Allen McBride

Shirley Kokidko led this outing, after she paddle out early to see how the wind was.

[Shirley Kokidko scouting --Russell Allen McBride]
Shirley Kokidko scouting –Russell Allen McBride

There was a good turnout. Even Meredith was on time! And many new people.


It was easy paddling.

[Paddling out]
Paddling out

Russell was sweep, making sure everybody was OK. New paddler Yonder helped him paddle.

[Sweep: Russell Allen McBride with Yonder --Russell Allen McBride]
Sweep: Russell Allen McBride with Yonder –Russell Allen McBride

The sunset was spectacular.


Parents and children had fun.

[Lindsey and Elleanor Williams]
Lindsey and Elleanor Williams

The moon rose behind us.

[Moonrise closeup]
Moonrise closeup

The sun went on down.

[Sunset selfie]
Sunset selfie

And disappeared.

[Sunset big sky]
Sunset big sky

The moon led us back to shore.

[Moon over cypress]
Moon over cypress

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Banks Lake is on the WWALS Alapaha River Water Trail.

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