Wednesday, June 26, 2013

We headed out this morning to kayak Massachusetts and Rhode Island.   We needed to hurry because they are predicting T-storms and rain for days.  We headed to a lake that if you wanted to put the energy into the kayaking you could take in both states.  It was a very pretty lake.  We were the only ones on the lake so it was nice and quiet.  The banks were rocky and had lots of things to look at. 
Were we put in was set up for kayak and canoes to launch at the Rhode Island end of the lake.  This is a stream were the water was going out of the lake.  
It was crystal clear.  
I am in the water waiting for the others to join me.
This guy was singing as we entered the lake. 
Laura in Massachusetts
We launched at the Rhode Island end of the lake and had to kayak over a mile to get to the Massachusetts end.  I was kayaking along and came to a beach area. A man was out working and I asked him were was Massachusetts.  He said your not going to believe this, but if you kayak about 4 more feet you are there.  So off I went. 

 Rog went off a different way when we first got in the lake.  He was looking at the boat registration markings on the boats tied up at homes along the lake until he came to a boat that had Massachusetts and he knew he was there.  LOL

We also had another lake picked out and set up in the GPS just in case someone could not make the two states on the first lake.  We decided to go and check it out.  So stopped at Subway and picked up lunch and drove to the lake to eat.  We decided that we did not really have to do both lakes, besides the wind had come up and it would not be much fun.   

We had lunch on the banks of Lake Chaubunagungamaug (pronounced:  /t???b?n???????m???/) LOL  also known as Webster Lake
Some history.
The lake's name comes from Nipmuc, an Algonquian language, and is said to mean, "Fishing Place at the Boundaries -- Neutral Meeting Grounds". This is different from the humorous translation, "You fish on your side, I fish on my side, and nobody fish in the middle", thought to have been invented by the late Laurence J. Daly, editor of The Webster Times.

Lake Chargoggagoggmanchauggagoggchaubunagungamaugg (/ˌleɪk tʃəˈɡɒɡəɡɒɡ ˌmænˈtʃɔːɡəɡɒɡ tʃəˌbʌnəˈɡʌŋɡəmɔːɡ/), a 45-letter alternative name for this body of fresh water, is often cited as the longest place name in the US and one of the longest in the world. It is not spelled correctly on the sign bordering Connecticut.
Today, "Webster Lake" may be the name most used, but some (including many residents of Webster), take pride in reeling off the longer versions.
This lake has several alternative names. Lake Chaubunagungamaug is the name of the lake as recognized by the U.S. Department of the Interior, however, many area residents, as well as the official website of the town of Webster, consider the longer version correct.
When it had not been rainy we have had fires and enjoyed the outdoors.  When we are outside sitting by the campfire during twilight the fireflies come out in full force.  I did not know they had fireflies in this part of the country.  I thought they just had them in the South.   I just love to watch them flying around lighting their little lantern butts.
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