It was mid-morning by the time I reached Playa de Freila, assembled my kayak and was ready to take to the water. Fog lay over the water when I first arrived, but it soon dispersed and the day was warming up nicely, I set off towards the dam at the western end of the reservoir.
Submerged, or part submerged, trees were a hazard to watch out for:-
These ones were quite obvious:-
I had hoped to reach the dam on this trip, but several large inlets on my side of the reservoir, which just had to be explored, sort of spoiled that plan. I did get a glimpse of it in the distance, from where I ate my picnic lunch, before having to head back.
|Into an inlet ..........|
|......... and coming out again.|
Apart from gentle splashing of the paddle blades and the ripple of bow wave, the only other noise was the occasional, distant sound of a chain-saw (or some such mechanical device) from in the countryside - oh, and once or twice the startled flurry and splashing of ducks taking off as I glided round a bend in an inlet. Quiet paddling at its best.
The first step of a circumnavigation of Embalse de Negratin has now started. I think it will take quite a few visits to complete it