Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Posted by Jeff H. at 9:41 PM
The West Neck Creek that we paddled has three faces. Near the marina, it is wide, with lots of side creeks. After about a mile, it narrows down some and meanders. It still feels like a natural watercourse. Finally, at Indian River Road, the creek turns into a straight channel, man made.
Posted by Jeff H. at 9:36 PM
In the end, the rain held off long enough for us to paddle six-and-a-half miles, and get home and put away. Another great paddle!
END WEST NECK
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
The creek winds its way for a mile to the Northwest River. Our trip took us around Northwest River Park to Indian Creek, another pretty, winding creek.
It was a beautiful day for a paddle, sunny and about 80.
Posted by Jeff H. at 9:30 PM
He doesn't look it, but Karl is quite the nimble fellow, even after a beer or two. Here he demonstrates his entry technique. Just walk onto the boat and sit down! Not even a wobble.
Posted by Jeff H. at 9:14 PM
Monday, August 30, 2010
Here, the boats are lined up and ready to go.
Photo by Tom.
Posted by Jeff H. at 10:04 PM
Posted by Jeff H. at 9:52 PM
Alas, there were no Teabag Award nominees this paddle...
Posted by Jeff H. at 9:06 PM
According to Jerry's GPS, we covered 6.9 miles, in about 2 hours and 40 minutes of paddling time.
END ALTON'S CREEK
Posted by Jeff H. at 8:42 PM
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
But the rains never came, staying to the west. they got as close as Pembroke and Lynnhaven, but we never felt a drop.
Posted by Jeff H. at 10:41 PM
Here, Meetup friend Russ paddles by, dreaming of a real tiki bar, omewhere in the tropics.
Posted by Jeff H. at 10:25 PM
Despite the iffy forecast, the weather stayed decent, and we had a good, though slightly shorter paddle!
END OWL CREEK
Posted by Jeff H. at 10:11 PM
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Posted by Jeff H. at 9:31 PM
It was a different way of feeling small, with our tiny kayaks close to all of these large manmade objects. They are much easier to comprehend from a car, or just from standing on land. In a kayak, down low on the water, it is a different story. It was also amazing to see how much water a powerboat that usually lives on a trailer in someone's backyard can kick up while speeding down the river.
On some of our paddles deeper into nowhere, one can stand up, and be the tallest thing for a mile around. On this paddle, we saw and felt the reverse. Not the most beautiful paddle, but interesting anyway.
Posted by Jeff H. at 9:17 PM
Paradise Creek in Portsmouth goes by the shipyard's trash-to-steam plant, run by SPSA. We could smell the unique scents of the SPSA transfer facility, and saw garbage trucks going to and from it.
Posted by Jeff H. at 8:57 PM
Chris, Tom, Carol, Jerry, Debbie, Peggy, Sandy and Wes raise their glasses on the outside patio.
Posted by Jeff H. at 8:29 PM
Monday, August 16, 2010
Jerry takes a short break on one of the bridges the trail crosses.
Posted by Jeff H. at 10:40 PM
Several of the riders in the event were like those that Challenged Athletes helps, and used hand bikes or other adaptive cycles to help them move down the course.
Posted by Jeff H. at 10:38 PM
Posted by Jeff H. at 10:36 PM
John is one of our guests who also was on the Portsmouth Evening paddle.
Posted by Jeff H. at 10:21 PM
Posted by Jeff H. at 10:06 PM
Horn Point is a great place to launch, with plenty of options for paddling, and good parking.
The large crowd of paddlers, (including a three year old boy!) had a great time.
END HORN POINT
Posted by Jeff H. at 9:57 PM