Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Paddle for the Border

Paddle for the Border
Originally uploaded by jmharper.
The first Saturday in May has become a must-paddle. The Paddle for the Border is put on by the City of Chesapeake, in conjunction with the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge and the Dismal Swamp State Park in North Carolina.

The paddle goes up the Dismal Swamp canal from the welcome center in North Carolina to the Ballahack Road boat ramp in Chesapeake. Breakfast, lunch, shuttle, safety, and loading and unloading assistance are provided.

Eight mice participated. Cheri, Chris and Bill are pictured. Also along for the trip were John S. Jeanine, Jerry, Jeff, and Betsy.

The paddle is also unique because it is virtually straight. The canal makes one turn in the 7-1/2 miles of the paddle, otherwise it is dead straight. The scenery doesn't vary much, but it is still quite fun.

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