Mar 20th 2005
Spring is here, WOOO HOOO! After starting out kind of ugly (early Morning rain), the day turned out really nice, mostly sunny, upper 50's lower 60's with about 8 MPH of wind out of the east. Headed down to the VDGIF ramp on Mill Landing road, which sits at the northern end of Back Bay. After launching the boat, headed east to Ragged Island, about a 2.75 mile straight line shot. Had a nice run out thankfully wasn't fighting a strong headwind for once. Got to the island, and did a little exploring, and as a sing of spring noticed much more wildlife activity, many more birds, and lots of turtles out sunning, I also noticed that the reeds getting ready to send up new growth. After taking the passage to the east side of the island and looking around there for while, I was pondering going the extra mile and a quarter to False Cape State Park. That moment was short lived, after I noticed a lot of convection (Possible Thunder Storms) to the west, and not really wanting to be in the middle of open water in a thunder storm holding a lightning rod, I decided to cut the trip short, and head back while keeping an eye on the weather. On the way back the clouds started looking less threatening, but I was pretty much committed to head back, I exercised the option to check out what is left of Rock Island Haul, which according to the Topo Maps, were once good sized islands, but I guess storms over the years have pretty much wiped them out as illustrated by the last couple of pictures.
I am real happy with the performance of the new boat, accelerates real nice, the weird thing is paddling with swells, it just doesn't feel like your going as fast as you really are...
Okay I've bored you enough so until next time...
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