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Saturday, March 17, 2018

Kayaking with Richie

Harpeth River                                                               5.7 Miles
Julie & Richie
1:34, Avg Speed 3.6mph, Max Speed 7.1 mph
Temperature - 70's
Put in at Harpeth River Narrows at 1:30

Richie was home for a few days and the weather was so nice that he agreed to go kayaking with me!  The water was really high as we've had rain and the night before there was a really big rainstorm.  It was so high that when we put the kayaks in at the bottom of the stairs, we tied the kayaks up in case one went floating away.  We got into the kayaks no problem.  As I had Endomondo on, we got our lap speed and it was fun to hear.  The first mile was done in 16 minutes, then we went down to 15 minutes and I believe that one lap was only 13 minutes.  Today we were able to kayak up to the waterfall with no problem.  Today was probably the closest we could get to the waterfall, but the current was so strong, it was pretty hard for Richie to get really close.  Because we didn't want to get out and get our feet, we ate our sandwich while simply floating.  We passed very few people on the river.  A great day for me, especially since it was with Richie.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Over the River and Through the Woods and Through the Fields

Yellow Creek                                                                     6.4 miles
High 50's, 2 hours 45 minutes

It's the first warm Saturday of the year and so we didn't want to waste it.  We went to the Cumberland River and saw that the river was the absolute highest we had ever seen it.  There was a good flow to the river and no swells (as it often has).  We quickly got across the river as we went with the current over to Yellow Creek.  Again, the height of the river was very noticeable as the bridge that we go under was MUCH closer to our heads.  We went past the boat landing and then veered off left knowing that there was a smaller creek, but we had never been able to get to it.  The water absolutely surrounded us.  With all of the rain, Yellow Creek had overflowed, the smaller creek had overflowed and we realized that we were paddling over fields and into forests.  At one point, we paddled under some heron nests, possibly about 8?  Later we disturbed 2 geese who had to absolutely be the loudest geese we had ever heard.  Maybe they didn't like us paddling through their water haven.  We paddled past a house with a pretty field of daffodils.  The house was sitting on a creek and we were able to paddle up the creek until we got to a road and the current was pretty strong there so we decided to turn around there.  We're pretty sure that there would be very few days that a person could paddle with a kayak up this small stream, but today the water depth varied from 1 to 4 feet.  Such a fun paddle today as we know this may not happen again.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Put in and Take Out at Crossland Boat Ramps

 Only one day here and we figured out the tides. We put in at 9:05 when the tide was low and paddled with the tide is it went out into the river. As we are paddling down we went across two manatees. Of course the waters a lot mercury here so it's hard to see them.  It took us an hour and we got to an island. We were lucky to survive this island as it was surrounded by muck.   I really thought I was going to lose my shoes it seems like I sunk in for that and Scotty in my kayak was definitely muddy or on the bottom. We walked around this island and picked up a few Oystershell's scallop shells and conch shells.   We paddled further down and  we're thrilled to see a bald eagle sitting on a post. But as we get closer he flew away. We then found a spot that looked sandier  and that's when we pulled into having lunch break. As we ate lunch we were entertained by the small hermit crabs climbing around I'm sure in their shells. Our goal was to pedal all the way around the island but the cut through were all muck and we realized  it may take longer than we had thought. So we turned around and immediately enjoyed the wind at our back and the tide taking us back to Crossland boat ramp.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Chasing Dolphins

2.8 miles, Avg 2.3 mh, max 8.5
Temp started at 77, rose to 87
Put in at C.c. Haig Boat Ramp

 We put in at the boat ramp at Mackays Creek and paddled towards Pinckney Wildlife Refuge.  We had the wind against us and we were paddling into the current. After five minutes I was done ha ha. Scotty wouldn't let me so we paddled Past the marshland.  Like the past two days we saw lots of oyster shells in front of the grass. This time we paddled up closer to the grass and made a video recording of the popping noises. We got home later in research this to find out the noises were caused by snapping shrimp. They have 1 claw bigger than another and  somehow snap their claw. The shrimp are about an inch long and the noises they make are unbelievably loud for such a small size.   The water is murky and so it's hard to see Fish although Scotty did say he said one large jellyfish.,  and plenty of little white birds in the marshes. We passed several motor boats on this creek and one loan kayaker which was way across the creek. After about an hour of paddling we turned around and Scotty yelled dolphin.  I had really hoped that we would see dolphins well look kayaking my wish was granted. We spent about 15 minutes chasing the Dolphins as they were chasing the fish underneath the water. We took lots and lots of pictures and  got about three fuzzy pictures.  We finally headed back to the boat ramp deciding it was a good way to end our kayaking adventure in Hilton head.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Put in and take out at Crossland Boat Ramp
Temp started at 77 degrees (9:05) and rose to 86 degrees

 Today we were smart and paddled with the tides. When the tide was low we put in and paddle out towards the river which meant the current took us out. Along the way we saw some large beautiful homes but the best thing I've seen two manatees. Then as we got farther out  we saw some post and they're sitting on one post was a bald eagle. But as we got closer it flew away and we were able to see it sore into a Pinetree. It was on this island that we had stopped. I  immediately sunk into some Muck some quicksand like muck.   I was really afraid that I would lose my shoes, but pulled those out and then  scotty helped pull me out and I need it to some harder ground.  We walked along the island collecting some shells. The island was pretty amazing it was just a mass of Oyster shells, some conch shells and scallop shells.  We got back into our kayaks with the intention of paddling around the whole island. But the current against us was rather strong and we decided to head back. On the way back we stopped at a point on one island and had our lunch. Note we had bought some peaches from Kroger and they were the best teachers ever.   We finished lunch and continued our trek back to the put in. With the wind at our back in the high tide leaving us alone it was a wonderful trip back

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Broad Creek - Those Aren't Plants

Broad River            4.4 miles
1:44 minutes, Avg Speed - 2.6 mph
Blue Skies, 88 degrees                      
Put in and take out by Old Oystet Factory

 There's a very nice ramp my old oyster factory a long gravel road. This was I put in and I put out for the day. We paddled against the current and into the wind up towards the bridge. It was tough paddling but we managed to go 2.2 miles  passed by marshes and some interesting looking plants grey cactus looking plants. But as we have a long Scotty went over to touch one of the plants discovered that they were in fact oyster shells. We were surrounded by dried up Mac covered oyster beds.  The homes among the river were huge and then he had a company huge pants.and we actually discovered when we got back that we had passed by the Disney vacation club. We found a gravel bar and stopped for peanut butter sandwiches.  We paddled just a bit farther before turning around. The way back was wonderful and much easier paddle with the wind behind us and going with the cart. It was also fun to see the seagulls floating beside us also enjoying the ride.