|Pelican lifting off|
On my rest day, Chris and I went on a nature tour to Bull's Island Ferry with Coastal Expeditions. This is part of the largest protected stretch along the Atlantic coast, which makes for great paddling. By going on the tour, we learned so much about the area I'm kayaking through, and also got a change to walk along the beach of Bull's Island. Seeing the surf-able surf roll in made me happy that I'm kayaking in the marshes. If you are in the area and want a great tour or kayak rental check out Coastal Expeditions!
Was late leaving the dock this morning, as it was the first time packing my boat to paddle loaded. Also underestimated the distance when I arranged a time to meet my host, so was under the gun all day long to paddle as quickly as possible. But, actually, that is what I do every day.
|Foggy start to the day|
|See the tiny deer?|
I had asked about the best tide level to make the days long paddle. Two folks told me it didn't matter, because there are so many tidal nodes along this route. I hadn't heard the term before, but I knew exactly what they meant. With so many inlets along the ICW, there are lots of tidal nodes, where the tidal currents change direction. The wikipedia definition is a bit more complex.
Amazingly I arrived right on time at the Moore's Landing boat ramp, at least that's the name on the charts. Now it is the Garris Landing. Garris was one of the longest working wildlife leaders in South Carolina. Right before he retired, as his last official act, he renamed the landing after himself. I just call it the Bull's Island Ferry Landing, as it's where you catch the ferry.
|On collision course!|
Olivia, Kari, Chris and Deb
Kari and Olivia picked me up, Olivia bonded with my rubber duck and they took me to their lovely waterfront home.
|Olivia exploring the kayak.|
Now we are waiting for the super-moon lunar eclipse, and enjoying conversation ranging from the sublime to the ridiculous as we watch the moon, shooting stars and distant lightning. Perfect evening!
|Super-moon rising over the ICW|
Date: September 27, 2015 Restart Paddle Day: 3
Start location: McClellandville, South Carolina Launch time: 8:50 am
End location: Morre's Landing Land time: 1:30 pm
Average speed: 3.6 mph Max Speed: 5.4 mph
Total expedition miles: 1548
Kayak Storage: Coastal Expeditions
Hosts: Kari and Chris Crolley (and Olivia)