6:30am -- We untied the straps and dropped the 17-foot Old Town canoe into the lake. It was quiet and cold. No wind, just a few wisps of smoke from a nearby chimney, lingering above the conifers and black oaks. A small pack of coyotes watched from the shore while groups of mallards flew in to join a flock of coots in their early morning feast on the water.
With little effort, we paddled across the still water shooting photos and taking in the natural beauty of this place and breathing in the fresh, morning air.
All this just 80-minutes from downtown LA.