...you are paddling around 5ft thick unshaded ice shelves in the middle of May.
Warm spring days, icy spring water.
As always, sliding my kayak into the freezing river for the first time after winter was like being freed from a non-paddling cage (I clearly always avoid hyperbole too). My stiff back and shoulders feel rewarding and a pleasant reminder of more river-dances to come this summer.
Here's a short video. They will get a little better as the summer progresses!