With a cool breeze rippling the water, I went out on the South River as the sun was rising at 7:30 on a misty morning for a paddle across the river to Quiet Waters Park. I then followed the shore downstream past the dog beach and explored a small, hidden cove that is part of the park, viewing a blue heron and some ducks.
Century Club: Jan Chrypinski
Had a challenging afternoon at Jug Bay paddling into a strong wind on the Patuxent River going upstream from the lower to the upper boat ramps at the Patuxent River State Park - a distance of about 3 miles. It took about 50 minutes going there, and I got quite wet from the spray, but only 35 minutes going back with the wind at my back. Going upstream I stayed close to the right bank and got into some extensive shallows, practically having to pole my kayak along with the paddle. I stayed mid-river going back and passed some people who had made the same mistake. The water is so murky that visibilty is limited to an inch or two. I really must get a pad for the kayak seat - an hour is about all I can stand. All that being said, it was a beautiful fall day and after my paddle I enjoyed hiking some of the trails on which I used to ride Amee.
Dawn is coming later as fall approaches - not until 0650 this morning. I went out on a windy South River around Farm Park Point and back.
An overnight wind created some good sized waves for my early morning one hour venture, so paddling upriver was wet and slow. However, the return trip, with wind and waves at my back, more than made up for the effort.
A stiff breeze was stiring up the river during my afternoon paddle, so I headed into the lagoon at Farm Park. The tide was high so there was no problem crossing the sandbar, and I even paddled up the creek into Pokohontas pond.
I joined my brother Steve's family on their pontoon boat which they keep at Kent Lake, Michigan. We were out about three hours, but spent much of the time beached on a small island where we waded, played Uno and ate a salmon supper which Steve grilled on the back of the boat.
Steve and his son Daniel took their tandem kayak and I paddled a single through the narrows, all the way int the northernmost part of Lake Leelanau. We were out well over an hour and saw a river otter and the usual assortment of ducks, herons and a swan.
Out again through the dawn mist for a one hour paddle on the lake.
Went out for an early morning paddle with my sister in Steve's big tandem kayak. We viewed several herons through the morning mist.
Family vacation at a cottage on Lake Leelanau in northern Michigan. Paddled south (upstream) on the lake at dawn.
I went with Capital SUP on a tour around Back Creek led by a naturalist who explained the local flora and fauna we encountered, including Blue and Lesser Herons, ducks, and turtles. Our guide was very interested by my alligator sighting, having heard about the 8 footer killed near Chesapeake Beach.
Paddled across the South River to Long Point between 7 and 8 pm to watch the sun go down. The river would have been quite calm but for the powerboat wakes. My little kayak handled them surprisingly well. I would have stayed out longer but twilight was falling and without nav lights I didn't want to get run down by a speedboat.
Early morning paddle on a very calm river out to green channel marker L9. I saw several large schools of small fish feeding at the surface and one where the fish were leaping out of the water, probably to avoid a predator.
Launching from the marina as usual, I paddled downriver around the end of Farm Park and back.
A fresh breeze from the NW made the paddle up the South River to Glebe Bay a bit of a chore, but the return trip with wind and waves at my back was very nice.
Early morning paddle around Long Point and into Selby Bay revealed several blue herons on shore and a large flock of geese floating on the water until put to flight by a passing fishing boat.
Dawn paddle across the South River to Quiet Waters Park. The water was so calm that I was able to see the reflection of the recently full moon on my way back across the river.
Early morning on the South River paddling out around Farm Park - the river was dead calm and peacefulas the red ball of the sun rose over the eastern shore. Passed a big blue heron on the beach, tall and still as a reed.
Evening paddle and meal at Annapolis SUP on Back Creek sponsored by Naptown Scoop.
Pleasant one hour morning paddle on the South River, putting in at the Loch Haven Beach and Overlook before returning to the pier.
Early morning paddle on the South River. Fairly strong wind from the N-NW created some big rollers that made for a bumpy ride.
I left the Loch Haven marina just before 6:00 as the sun rose over a low-lying bank of clouds in the east and paddled up the South River into Pocohontas Creek and then up Brewer Creek to the culvert on Loch Haven Boulevard. I saw what I belive to be an alligator in Brewer Creek - at first I took it for a floating piece of wood but it dived when I approached and I'm convinced I saw a body and tail. I waited quietly and it soon surfaced but submerged again when I tried to approach. An alligator was spotted off the South River as much as a decade ago and an 8 foot long alligator was killed in Chesapeake Beach just last month, so it is very possible that what I saw really was a 'gator.
Sailed aboard Annapolis Maritime Museum's skipjack Wilma Lee.
Repaired rudder skeg.