August 27, 2017
It was a cool, somewhat breezy afternoon at Nakoma when my friend asked if I wanted to go kayaking after work. She suggested Sardine Lake because it’s the most protected, so we headed up Gold Lake Highway to see if we could find relatively calm water.
We stopped to check Gold Lake because it’s on the way, but it’s usually windy there by 10am, so I couldn’t imagine it would be calm at 6pm. But it’s the largest lake in Lakes Basin and my favorite for kayaking, so it was worth a quick look.
And surprise, surprise, there was barely a riffle on the lake! The cloud cover was likely the reason for the calm air and it gave a little shade from the intensity of the sun. We quickly plopped the boats in the water and headed for the far shore.
There wasn’t another soul in sight. We paddled to the far end where there’s a little cove I like with large granite boulders, perfect for stretching out in the sun and diving from to cool off, both of which I did. Heaven.
On the way back a slight breeze developed, but it was a westerly, so it gently blew us back to the beach. Another perfect evening in the Lost Sierra.