Aug 13th 2006
Well I was having a tough time deciding where to go today, but I wasn't going to let this weather go to waste, so I loaded up the kayak for a trip to the Ragged Islands and maybe False Cape. On the way down, I had to do a 7 mile detour, due to construction on Mill Landing Road, I guess thats the problem with rural roads... The water level was fairly low at the ramp, but not a real problem, when we have the winds out of the North, Back Bay water levels will drop. The two guys fishing and crabbing were doing great with the crabs, but not so good with the fish...
I launched the kayak, and after a short time I realized my keys were still in my pocket (lock truck and put keys in dry bag), so I paddled back to lock the truck with the remote, and on the concrete erosion wall I saw a small ~2 foot watersnake sunning. I finally got the truck to lock, and headed out.
About a mile or so into the 2.5 mile paddle I took a quick water break, and I was in the perfect place, calm water and wind, and absolutely no noise, except for a little water noise on the hull every now and then. That is one of those rare moments in the summer, to be on Back Bay, and not hear anything, no boats, jet skis, or airplanes, and not have another person within a mile. I continued on by Rock Island Haul, and to the Ragged Islands, I decided to go down the Southern side off the North island. I was almost to the cut through to the Eastern Side of the island, when I heard some splashing around the corner, which I thought were gar feeding in the shallows, but upon rounding the corner I saw a family of Northern River Otter, as best I can tell there were 2 adults and 3 juveniles. The three juveniles were the ones playing in the shallows, which was over quickly as one of the adults popped up about 100 feet to my right, and the other about 200 feet straight ahead, and both started chirping and barking. The three headed out to deeper water, and all 5 started popping up randomly to make it real tough to take any pictures. I guess I may have been near the den, because it appeared they were trying to draw me away, so I played the game and followed slowly, once I was about 80-100 yards away, they all dove below the surface and disappeared.
I was going to continue to False Cape, but I got hung up in shallow water and weeds, so I had to turn back, and by the time I got to the other side, the wind had picked up and fighting with the weeds kind of took some out of me, so I decided to paddle to the 5 mile mark on the GPS and then head for home, in hind sight probably not the best idea, as the wind and swell were building. The trip back was not that bad, wind and swell at my back, made for some pretty good speeds when there wasn't cross chop.
All in all a good trip, I have seen Otters on the water in the past, but usually just a quick glimpse at a a distance, so it was pretty cool to be able to watch them for a little while.
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