Jul 8th 2007
The next time I plan a trip like this, I will factor heat into the equation. The temperature was in the mid 90s, and I am guessing that the heat index was into triple digits, what better time to do a 16 mile paddle.
James a friend from the UK is visiting, and I gave him the option of history or nature, he chose History, and thought this would be a good trip, considering experience levels and such. Some nice twisty creek, some open water and historic Jamestown as a bonus.
Powahatan Creek was nice, but a little to urban for me, and there is a fair amount of powerboat traffic, although we saw our first Bald Eagle of the day less then a mile from the launch, it was on the bank eating a fish, but it flew off as soon as it saw us. The rest of the trip to the causeway was pretty uneventful, except for dodging the occasional powerboat and jetski.
We passed under the causeway, and onto the James River, there was a little bit of a strong current right under the bridge, that took me for a little ride. Paddling on the James was great, a nice breeze in our face, made it a bit cooler. If you are looking to see a lot of Jamestown, I would recommend driving to the park and walking around, because you are not going to see a lot from the water.
We continued do the river, and after clearing the park, we started seeing Bald Eagles, a lot of them, and they were being shy so I really did not get any pictures of them.
We stopped for a break on a nice little beach South of the park, and decided to back track and take Passmore creek to the other side of the island. If you are planning on taking this route, I would highly suggest going the way we went essentially West to East, even though the water was fairly low, it looked like it could go lower and make the creek impassable, but if you can make the first could hundred yards, you should be able to make the entire distance.
Along the banks of the creek were thousands of Fiddler Crabs, that would clear from the waters edge as we approached. At several points along the way we saw small groups of Osprey, some of the larger ones flying around with fish, I was not sure if they were avoiding the others, or if it was parents tempting their young to fledge.
We made the turn heading Northwest, and realized that our timing was perfect (better to be lucky then good), as we headed back to the launch we had the wind at our backs, and we were riding a fairly strong incoming tide, but moving with the wind made the return trip extremely hot. The rest of the return was fairly uneventful, grinding it back through the heat.
Thanks again James for taking this adventure with me, and I hope you had a good time.
BTW after a 16 mile trip in the Elaho, I am really liking that kayak.
I just looked, and this trip put me over the 700 mile mark...
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