The other day we packed up the kayaks and headed to 18 Mile Creek in Olcott, NY. Our first visit so it was a little bit of an adventure! After a drive around town, we found the Town of Newfane Marina.
It’s a well maintained launch with ample parking and rest rooms. We slapped down our $4 per kayak launch fee and were off.
The paddle down 18 Mile Creek was an easy one. Not much current and (on this day) just enough of a breeze to feel it. We ran into some fishermen in a small power boat and about a dozen other paddlers.
It was a 90 minute trip there and back to the Burt Dam. As we reached the picturesque railroad bridge, care was taken to stay on the right side to avoid the rocks. It was a bit rocky from that point on and required care. At one point I was perched atop a rock just below the surface that the sun made it hard to see. Kind of funny :)!
On the return trip we were treated to a family of white swans along our path. We were careful to not disturb the new family. From the picture you can’t see the baby, but Mom & Dad were enjoying the afternoon with their little one. Very cute.
The weather cooperated with clear blue skies and a 70 degree day. Yes it was picture perfect.
One the ride home we stopped at Woodcock Brothers Brew Pub in Wilson. Tasted their beers and enjoyed a couple yummy appetizers. Woodcock Brothers is located in a renovated cold storage facility in Wilson. Not your average brew pub decor and some fine craftsmanship. The food at Woodcock Brothers is quite good (from our experience and that shared). A perfect way to wrap up our afternoon.