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.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Paddle Day 9: Reached Georgia!

Taking a short cut by lining the kayak in the Savannah River
Hard day going against the wind the whole time, and against the tides half the time.  But great to see old paddling friends in Savannah!
Changed the time I left to minimize the winds instead of optimizing the tides.  Worked out okay, but required a lot of effort.  I'm so glad I have white water experience, as I had to use them as I ferried back and forth across swift creeks and rivers, getting to the slower inside bend.

Birds on spartina
When the current was against me, I hugged the shores, often placing one blade of the paddle right in the spartina!  It was a great way to see more of the marshes and plants.
I must be in the south!
At one point it was: Wright turns right onto the right Wright River.

I took a short cut when crossing the Savannah River, and lined my kayak through the shallows, rather than going out around a small island with swift currents.

My old paddling buddies, Kathy and Joe Ginett, met me at the end, and filled me in on their latest wilderness canoe trip.  Being 75 doesn't slow Joe down!!
Kathy on the dock - a welcome sight!
Gratitude List:

  1. Being strong enough to paddle against the strong currents of mid-tide
  2. So many dolphins around me
  3. First time to line the kayak on this expedition
  4. Hot sun offset by wind in my face
  5. Old friends!

Date: October 14, 2015                                                    Restart Paddle Day: 9
Start location: Daufuski South Carolina                          Launch time: 9:30 am
End location:  Savannah, Georgia                                     Land time: 2:30 pm
Average speed: 3.1 mph                                                   Max Speed: 5.2 mph
Miles: 15
Total expedition miles with kayak: 1682                           Motor-portage miles: 330
Kayak Storage: Savannah Bend Marina
Hosts: Kathy and Joe Ginette

1 comment:

  1. Bless your ever lovin heart, Dr. Deb! High praise and fair winds to you!! <3