The Land of a Thousand Lakes
Trip Start Jan 10, 2005
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The next day, excited to be on the water, we rented a kayak for the afternoon
Our intention was to float around on the water, take some pictures and relax, but somehow we ended up 3 hours away from home and exhausted. We had a hellish time getting across the big lakes in the waves created by larger boats, and we discovered later that we'd paddled almost 25 km in total. A lot for a day when we were supposed to relax. We decided after that that this should be our vacation. So we spent most of the rest of the week relaxing on the beach, which was a five minute walk from our pension. It was a pretty small beach where the sunbathers were packed in like sardines and the little children ran around naked.
Near Mikolajki is Lake Luknajno, a UNESCO world biosphere reserve for wild swans. We thought we'd be able to get a little closer to the lake, but unfortunately the only places to see the lake from were observation towers, and the lake was a lot bigger than we'd expected with large areas of reeds around the shore. Of course when we were there the swans were all on the other side of the lake, so our pictures just have many small white dots.