Aug 19th 2006
I had scattered commitments this afternoon, so I got a short trip in this morning. I initially loaded up the kayak and was heading to Lovitts Landing but the water was low and pretty ucky looking, so I headed up to Horn Point, which was pretty much empty.
The water was low, but I wanted to see how low relative to the ramp, and if I could make it over the sand bar at the end of the channel, will if you look at the pictures of the ramp, you'll see that level is to low to make it over the sand bar by a couple off inches. Paddling down the channel I did notice that apparently some people have been pruning back some of the brush that extends into the channel, that is a no no in a National Wildlife Refuge.
The water and wind were pretty calm, as I headed across North Bay to Porpoise Point, which was a nice paddle. I haven't actually made a trip to Porpoise Point in a long time. There wasn't a whole lot going on out there today, the summer heat has pretty much sent all the wildlife to cooler climate.
Looking at the time, I realized I could paddle across to the other side of the bay, and still be back on time, for no better reason then the workout. That was pretty much uneventful open water paddling. On the way back I saw a whole group of kayaks, about 15-18, that I did see on the way out, but what struck me as odd was that they were pretty much in the same spot as they were on my way out. Initially I thought they were fishing, but as I got closer I could tell they were just paddling about in the same small area, with groups of 2 or 3 occasionally breaking away from the group, and then heading back to the group... It just struck me as weird, it seems like it was a long time to be hanging out in 1 spot.
I returned to Horn Point, but this time I decided to use the beach instead of the ramp, which is not really a problem, a short walk to the truck, drive back load up and go...
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