|Surf at Point Judith - check out the wind driven spray!|
It was a glorious sunny day inland and folks were commenting about the great weather they were having, which seemed odd as I was having a hurricane day!
Because it was too rough to paddle, I walked the coast from Narragansett Pier where I took out the day before to Point Judith. The surf was up. The surfers were so numerous they looked like a swarm of black ants crawling up and down, and then through, the waves. The larger waves right at the point were surfer free. Maybe it was the extra height or maybe the numerous rocks. I was so glad I was not out on the ocean!
The surf is predicted to remain high for a little longer, but should be low enough to remove the Small Craft Advisory by Saturday when I paddle to Westerly. This is an exposed coastline with continuous beaches and surf too high to safely land a fully loaded kayak. I checked out the local navigation information for the Weekapaug Point breachway which is the only possible landing spot. "There are numerous shoals and sandbars. Southerly winds cause breakers at the ends of the jetties; extreme caution is advised." And that is for power boaters who have motors! I checked the marine forecast. Southerly winds are predicted. Once again I am in the situation where I would just wait it out if I was doing this expedition alone. But with fixed commitments to give presentations, meet the press and stay with generous hosts, I need to keep to the schedule as much as possible. That means I will have to skip the paddle from Point Judith the Westerly. Sigh. Too bad, as I was looking forward to paddling into Weekapaug Pond!
|Deb, Karen and Russ|
|Deb and Francine|
Walk Day: 27 Date: August 28, 2014
Start: Narragansett End: Point Judith
Distance: 6.0 miles Total distance: 293.31 miles
Max speed: walking pace Moving ave.: walking pace
Kayak storage: Russell Bertrand Host: Russell and Karen Bertrand