|Shrimp boats and paddling a skiff|
Mindi joined me for a while on her sit-on-top. First paddler since the restart! Not bad for someone with her 100 ton license. She usually captains much larger vessels!
It felt good to get out of the wind on the sound and head up the Sapelo River. When I turned into the Front River, I saw three small islands standing out in the wide expanses of marsh. They were formed back in colonial times, when ships would arrive from England with stones for ballast. Since they would a load of lumber or cotton for the return trip, they wouldn't need the ballast stones. So before heading up the shallower river, they would throw the stones overboard. Over the years these three islands were formed.
Right after passing the ballast islands, the current was so swift in the river that I could sit back and sleep while the incoming tide swept me up the river.
|Ballast stone islands|
|Sleeping on the job.|
As I paddled up the smaller rivers and creeks, I used a trick I learned from Mindi: "Follow the crab balls." I thought crab balls would be something tasty to eat. But, no, they are the round floats that mark the location of crab traps. Most are located as close to shore as possible, such that they stay submerged at low tide. So to paddle against the current, and not get stuck in the mud, following the crab balls is great advice.
Staying with Bill and Lou Watson at their lovely marsh front home in Pine Harbor. This was an old plantation, and the rows of live oaks, draped with Spanish moss are lovely.
|Oak Alley (somewhere else) (photo by Jim Liestman)|
|Cannonball jelly fish (AP)|
- The offer of drinks and cinnamon rolls from a passing fishing boat.
- Paddling along in silence to hear the sounds of the marsh: gas bubbles popping up, oysters spitting out water and snapping shrimp.
- Not having to spend three hours stuck in the mud
- Chicken tertrazzni and orange creme pie for dinner
- A greenland paddle that is easy on my body
Date: October 23, 2015 Restart Paddle Day: 13
Start location: Barbour Island, Georgia Launch time: 10:30 am
End location: Valona Land time: 3:45 pm
Average speed: 3.3 mph Max Speed: 5.5 mph
Total expedition miles with kayak: 1793 Motor-portage miles: 363
Kayak Storage: Red and Mariana Hagan
Hosts: Bill and Lou Watson