|What does Deb see?|
This morning Bob asked if I would mind him paddling along for another day. Let's see, paddling with an expert paddler who is familiar with the area, knows the history and is great company? Tough decision, especially since I hadn't been looking forward to paddling in the dense fog.
If you look at my planned route versus our track, you'll see we opted to shorten the trip by portaging across a sand spit, rather than going out around Richmond Island. That was easy with two people to carry each boat.
|Bob and Deb portaging sandbar at Richmond Island|
The final paddle was running with the tide into the Scarborough River, and there the fog finally began to lift enough to see a little of the land. I was also startled to see a four foot sturgeon leap almost straight out of the water! But the final fun was running though a section of fast water running furiously over a shallow bottom, as the sea appeared to be jumping up and down everywhere in little patches. A green can marking the channel was partially submerged by the force of the current, as we flew up the river.
By taking our shortcuts we managed to land well before the intense thunderstorms began. In early evening, a mircoburst took down large trees a few miles away. I'm glad I'm not paddling tomorrow during the rest of the thunderstorms!
The storms and rain tonight makes me think of the families living in the garbage dump community. During the rainy season the water runs calf deep through the narrow pathways between their tightly packed houses. It pours right through the houses built on the sides of the ravine, washing away possessions and washing in garbage. Please join me in helping the children living in these homes by using the Give Now button to make a donation.
|After dinner with the Scarborough Rotarians and families|
Paddle Day: 4 Date: July 15, 2014
Start: Kettle Cove End: Scarborough
Distance: 8.68 miles Total distance: 32.91
Max speed: 7.6 mph Moving ave.: 3.4 mph
Kayak storage: Scarborough Town Landing Hosts: Scarborough Rotary Club