Monday, October 26, 2009
We will put in at about 10am from the boat ramp at the park, and paddle to our heart's content. The scenery will be some of the most unique and spectacular that we will paddle. Cypress trees are everywhere, so much so that there are colored floats in the water to help you find your way.
This paddle is a prime candidate for a little carpool action, if we can fit the boats, as it is a good distance away. Bring a picnic lunch, as we will stop at one of the paddle-in campgrounds to eat and stretch our legs. Bring your camera, as you will want to take plenty of pictures!
We will paddle if it is cold, but not in the rain. Those with sit-on-tops will need to think about this one, and keep your eye on the forecast, as we are pretty late in the season.
Let Jeff know if you are coming, and we will wait for you at the put-in.
And if you are interested in spending the night, let Jeff know. A few of us may pack our boats to camp at one of the paddle-in campsites, weather permitting, of course.
Hope to see you there! It will be a great way to end the season.
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Jeanine, Tom and Carol round one of the last bends before takeout in this picture.
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Lotus garden is one of our favorite paddles, with narrow creeks, winding rivers, and a little bit of open water. it is a loop, so we do everything just once. We even saw a bald eagle one year!
END LOTUS GARDEN
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Sunday, October 25, 2009
Once the sun sets, we turn on our "running lights" and explore some of the side creeks off of Lake Rudee.
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After dark, we paddled up a few isolated creeks in search of fireflies, but apparently they were out of season. We pulled back in at around 9:15 after about an hour of night paddling.
END OWLS CREEK
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Once we are done, we put in, and sprint across the channel avoiding the boats and strong current, and head back across to take out at the public boat ramp.
Posted by Jeff H. at 10:12 PM
It was a departure from our usual paddles, as we went through the backyards of the industrial park and some older neighborhoods of the area.
It was cool (60 degrees) and windy, so most of us had jackets on (thanks Carol!), but it wasn't bad at all for a late season paddle!
Here, Tom and Jeanine paddle towards Lynnhaven Parkway. This spot is between Potters/Lynnhaven Road and Viking Drive, just south of the interstate.
Posted by Jeff H. at 9:34 PM
Most of us, including Karl, found it easier to put in through the grass next to the dock.
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