Jul 23rd 2006
Well this morning was looking really nice, and I took the opportunity to go to the new Horn Point Kayak and Canoe facility, to get in a few miles on Back Bay before the weather turned ugly. The Horn Point facility has gotten pretty popular pretty fast, and I am beginning to think that the 9 parking spots may not be enough. There was a guided tour getting ready as I arrived, and it appeared that there was someone that had already left. And upon my return, there was 2 couples launching and another solo was showing up as I heading home. Twenty paddlers in one day for a new facility is pretty impressive.
So back to the trip, This was my first time to launch my kayak from the new facility, on my way I was wondering if I would have to launch from the old site at the end of the road, and just park at the facility, but as I turned onto Horn Point Road, I knew there would be no problem launching from the facility itself. The ditches where overflowing onto the road, and after the turn a good portion of the road was flooded with a couple of inches of water. Launching from the ramp was fairly easy, but it does drop off pretty quick.
I have not been to the marsh and island to the South of the facility in a while, so I decided to remedy that today. I was cruising along the edge of the grasses, and all along the channel were Gar, and it seems the whenever the water is real high like today they come up and just hang out there waiting for a meal. I don't know what may be in the reeds, but whatever it is sure has the Gar's attention. Looking along the banks it is definitely the peak of the Swamp Hibiscus bloom, because they were everywhere, and in full bloom. On the edge of the forest, I also saw a large nest at the top of an old tree, seemed a little too large for an Osprey, but maybe not. Towards the South end of the channel, I came across on old boat house the had collapsed into the water, and one interesting thing that really doesn't show up well on the pictures is the high water marks being about 8 or so inches higher then today which combined with rain. just makes a big mess in the area.
At the end of the channel I turned to go back and head out to Porpoise point, and while taking some pictures of some Seashore Mallow, the sky's got real dark real fast. So I did a quick change of plans, and made the decision to head for home, not sure I want to be the person in the middle of back bay holding an 8 foot lightning rod in a thunder storm. The rain did start as soon as I got back to Horn Point, and the lightning started about 45 minutes later.
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