Jul 24th 2005
Finally a decent day without insanely high humidity, or threat of thunderstorms, today was in the mid 80's with a nice 5-8 MPH sea breeze, and a dew point in the low 60's. I was feeling in a rut as far as where to go, so I opted for a new spot, in another state, Knott's Island North Carolina. This is a nice spot, I left from the NC Wildlife Commission ramp on Brumley Road, and it was a about a half mile paddle out to the beginning of the marsh. I thought I'd just do a circumnavigation this trip, and do some more exploring later. Upon approaching the first thing I did notice was how shallow the water was, only about a foot or so, the second thing I noticed was the abundance of turtles in the water (couldn't get any pictures) it seems every 10-20 feet or, I' either see one swimming off, or in some cases I'd pass right over them sleeping or they just didn't consider me a threat. At Ades Island, I turned up Hammock creek, which is on of the channels that is navigable by power boats, after paddling up for a couple hundred yards, I came across a softshell turtle on the surface, one of the very few I have seen in the wild and he was by far the largest I've seen in the wild I'd estimate his shell was close to a foot long. I came to the end of the creek and turned east up Hanes Creek, this little side trip, has me convinced to return and explore the Eastern side of the marsh. The return trip was uneventful I wanted to take a look at the other launch site on the island which by all appearances is a little more rustic then Brumley Road, but closer to the North end of the Marsh.
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