I am a grandmother paddling alone over 2,500 miles from Maine to Guatemala. Along the way I will be:
- telling the story of the children who live in the Guatemala City garbage dump community
- honoring their entrepreneurial mothers
- talking about the success of the Safe Passage model school and
- raising funds for additional grades for the school.

Friday, October 9, 2015

Paddle Day 6: Finally back on the water

Sunrise on a happy face
So happy to be back on the water, even for a very short day.

Up before sunrise to catch the tide.  Stephane and Lori were troopers in hauling the kayak to the floating dock.
Helpful hosts!
Sun peeking around the bend
Short, fast ride into Port Royal.  Off the water by 9 a.m.  Short day because of the flooding still going on in the ACE basin, making the Ashepoo, Combahee and Edisto rivers unsafe to paddle.  Got local knowledge that the Broad River, coming up next, does not drain the interior, so it will be safe to paddle now.

Great lunch on the Beaufort waterfront.  I think they have some of the best historical plaques around that tell a detailed history from multiple perspectives.  Check them out!

Great dinner with Rotarian Sam Scoville, who arranged hosting here in Beaufort with Patrick and Meghan.
Patrick, Deb and Meghan

Sitting on the deck, working on blogs, communications and navigation, and watching my kayak out on the dock enjoying the river rushing past.

Kayak on the dock on the Beaufort River
Gratitude List:
  1. Fast current on the river
  2. Beaufort River not in flood
  3. Walking across the Port Royal bridge
  4. Homemade butterscotch cookies
  5. Playing with Sam's children
Date: October 8, 2015                                                      Restart Paddle Day: 6
Start location: Lady's Island,  South Carolina                     Launch time: 7:25 am
End location:  Port Royal                                                  Land time: 9:00 am
Average speed: 4.3 mph                                                   Max Speed: 6.3 mph
Miles: 7
Total expedition miles with kayak: 1642                           Motor-portage miles: 330
Kayak Storage: Riverwind Condos
Hosts: Patrick Meehan and Meaghan Neilan

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