By Renee Aldrich
This was one of those once in a lifetime, rare, you better jump on it now before it's gone opportunities!
I had seen social media posts about the Black Rock Lake that had formed over the usually dry or muddy Black Rock Playa, yep that big, flat, dusty, beautiful expanse of desert that is home to the annual Burning Man Festival. Rumors have it that the last time the playa had this much water was in 1984!
My good friend Laura (see below in the yellow kayak) had posted some photos of a nude beach sign that had been erected at the 12 mile entrance and about the potential of kayaking. Dan and I had just ordered an inflatable kayak in hopes to float the ephemeral Quinn River (post coming soon), but seeing Laura's post made us think we needed to add a Black Rock Lake floating mission for our forthcoming kayak!
On the Thursday before we hit the lake, we went to the Stand by Your Land presentation hosted by Friends of Nevada Wilderness and Patagonia. At the end of the presentations we were standing around with some friends finishing our beers and chatting. We got to talking about how we needed to get out and doing something together soon. We started to discuss ideas and of course the idea of floating the Black Rock Lake emerged. Everyone got very excited about it and we all had kayaks, ours was still a day away, but it would be here soon enough. So we were all in!
At first we, had a hard time settling on a date when we would all be in town and able to go. It was looking like it might not happen for a month or more and not knowing how long the water was going to last we didn't want to wait that long. All of a sudden we realized Sunday, this upcoming Sunday, would work for everyone. We wouldn't be able to camp because of conflicting schedules--I wouldn't be home until fairly late on Saturday--but a day kayaking on the rarely seen Black Rock Lake was in our very near future!
It was a fairly gray day, but beautiful nonetheless and not too cold. We had to wade out about a quarter of a mile, give or take, to get to water deep enough to kayak in, but once we were there the floating was amazing. We were able to go a good ways and could have gone much further had we the time. The water was about 1.5-2 feet deep! We even went swimming! At the end of the day, we had snacks and Laura even caught a fish!
It was such a fun, beautiful, magical day.
When mother Earth gives you a gift take the time time to revel in it!
At the bottom of this page is a link to the article the Reno Gazette Journal ran on the Black Rock Lake.
Here's the link to the story the Reno Gazette Journal ran:
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