View from our sixth floor apartment patio in Pogradec, Albania.
Where are Kevin and Ruth now? Pogradec, Albania .

Where are Kevin and Ruth going next? Gjyrokaster, Albania on October 6th.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Kayaking is fun!

We took one of Chago's kayaks out for a spin on the lake yesterday morning. Almost a two hour spin! We made sure we left fairly early while the lake was still calm. The winds tend to pick up by 11:00am or so, and then there's a steady breeze most of the afternoon.

We were in the boat around 9:30am. It's a two seater, and it's actually fairly heavy. Not something you would lug around on the roof of a motorhome. But it's stable in the water and easy to paddle.

It hadn't been used for a while, so here's Chago and one of his employees cleaning it up for us!

10 minutes later, we were out on the lake!

A lot of these are weekend homes and rental accommodation for people from Toluca and Mexico City. Once again, you can see how low the water level is compared to what the coastline is used to.

Amazing how they build a home into the rocks!

Look at these ones perched up high! They have a great view.

Kevin enjoying the day. Hey, what's that building behind me on the right?

A big hotel resort of some kind.

There are a few hotels on the lakeshore. I wonder how they'll make out when there's no water left?

It sure is a pretty lake.

Even a trailer park. These are all permanently located units that people from Toluca and Mexico City use as their weekend getaway.

We relaxed and read and used the computers for the rest of the afternoon. We only have 3 GB's for the month (100 Mb's per day average and we've been using close to 150 Mb's per day!) on our TelCel internet stick and we've been on the computers quite a lot. I actually turned off the "display photos" option on Google Chrome yesterday so that it uses up less of our allotted bandwidth.

Around 5:30pm I got the fire ready for our hamburgers. The wood that they use here for cooking is very dense and it creates great coals.

By sunset, the grill was ready for the burgers.

The chef at work. Nice hat, huh Sam??!!

Afterwards, we had a campfire. This is Chago's daughter Mariel, and son Isidro. Wife Carmen stayed up at the house looking after new baby Fatima.


  1. That is nice to get out in the Kayak and paddle around, checking out the site from the water gives you a new look at things. They are a lot of fun.

  2. That hat looks like one I have here it is the High Life of my day. Glad you got to go out on the Lake before it dries up. That's a shame they are using it faster than it can replace itself. Be safe out there. Sam & Donna....

  3. Great post. Looks like a fun day in the kayak. I like the grill - good in the wind.

  4. If you paddle out towards the direction the wind tends to come from....getting back is easy

  5. I just saw an episode of Extreme Homes the other day that featured a house on that lake!

  6. You are welcome to borrow our kayaks in Kelowna any time.

  7. Glad you enjoyed your kayaking trip.


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