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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.

Those Aren't Plants!

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.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Drakes Creek - Paddle Faster!

Drakes Creek                                                                                   12.7 miles
2:56 moving time
Put in at 10:05, Take out at 1:40      Average Speed - 4.3 mph       Max Speed 8.5 mph
w/ Bowling Green Kayak Group (me, Scotty, Warren, Powell, Jeanette, Wendall)
Water Level - 6 feet,

The water had a great flow and with a group of experienced paddlers, we were really moving!  Our average speed was 4.3 mph.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Red River - Tubes Everywhere

Red River                                                       11.6 miles
Me, Beatrix, Kevin
Water level - 4.6, Temperature in 80s, Little Humidity, 10:35-2:30

I convinced Beatrix that 4.6 would be good enough to paddle.  It was low in some places and we had to scoot across a few rocky bottoms, but never had to get out and pull our kayaks.  The water had a slow flow.  But, that was all made up by the beautiful weather and again, good conversation.  We were also able to park one truck at the new TWRA parking lot at Porter's Chapel.  It's a large lot and there's a large paved road down into the river.  Great - Clarksville needs more good put-ins!  The thing that made today stand out was the amazing number of tubes on the river today.  With the slow flow today, we figured that many of these paddlers would be on the river for a LONG time.  But, we all had the same idea - enjoy a perfect day!

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Red River - A Perfect Day

Red River                                                           11.6 miles
River at 5 ft level, Temperature in the 80's and no humidity, perfectly blue skies
Me, Scotty, Patsy, Jerry

Gentle Flow
Good Friends
Beautiful Blue Sky
Nice Temperature
Good Conversation
Peanut Butter Sandwich

Enough Said!

Take Out at Red River Canoe

See Julie.  See Julie take pictures.  See the picture.

Good timing - we saw a train going over the trestle.

Me doing what I love!

Here I come!

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Dyer's Creek - Freedom!

Dyer's Creek

I have the best husband ever.  I had my knee surgery on May 30 and the recovery can be very discouraging and I think I was slipping into depression.  It hasn't been fun spending my summer doing PT when I'm usually gardening, traveling or kayaking!  So Scotty said, "Let's go to Dyer's Creek!"  And I jumped up.  Well, I really held onto the armrest, pulled myself out of the chair mostly with my good leg and hobbled to the door.  Imagine, calling an old dog to go for a walk.....  Dyer's Creek is an inlet off of the Cumberland River and very calm with minimal current.  It was splendid!  I was able to sit with my left leg stretched out, propped up by my right leg.  It was only an hour and a half, but it was probably the best hour and a half since May 30!  Kayaking is truly medicine for the soul!  :)

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Yellow Creek - Bald Eagle

Yellow Creek - Bald Eagles
Ethan, Scotty and me

My last weekend - Yikes!  We look at the weather and the rain is supposed to be coming down around 3:00.  So at 11:30 we quickly load up the kayaks and head to Yellow Creek.  The river is not as raging as last weekend and we cross the Cumberland quickly.  But, Yellow Creek appears to have a much faster flow.  We paddle up almost to the fallen tree, but we notice that the current is really strong just before the bend in the creek.  Knowing that rain may be coming down soon because we see many ominous clouds above us, we turn around.  The final lap up the creek took us 30 minutes.  When we turned around to go downstream, this same lap took 20 minutes.  So yes, the creek is flowing faster today!  It was an uneventful trip until we got close to the Cumberland River and we saw a bald eagle flying above us.  It soared and showed off for us for several minutes.  Sometimes I just love our kayaking trips!

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Yellow Creek

Yellow Creek                                                                          7.6 miles          1094.6 miles total
75-82degrees, blue skies

Time is running short before my knee surgery so Scotty is indulging me by kayaking with me whenever possible.  Yellow Creek is nearby and our go-to paddle.  Today was windy so crossing the Cumberland was especially fun.  It felt like riding the waves on many of the waves.  We passed only a few people on Yellow Creek today.  It's still especially high, the beaver dam is still gone and there's a boat dock that we pass that's still under water.  Once again we were able to paddle over the huge tree that fell down across the creek.  Today we paddled as far as we could and got to the 'end'.  What?!  That's never happened.  We got to a place where many trees were down and we just couldn't see the creek going any further.  With the wind and the extremely still water, it seemed like a long paddle back across to the Cumberland River to our starting point.

The end.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Red River - Anne and I

Red River                                                            11.6 miles                               1087 miles total
Avg Speed 3.0,  3:48 paddling time

It's a Thursday, a beautiful day - so Anne and I decide to paddle the Red River.  There was a great flow to the river and we finished paddling in great time.  We did see a few gravel bars, but we kept paddling and ate as we floated.  We really should have paddled 18 miles today.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Harpeth River - Magnificent Mothers Day

Harpeth River                                                           9.6 miles                     10754 miles total

Me, Scott, Beatrix, Kevin, Robin, Jim
9.6 miles, 2:20 minutes paddling time

What better way to spend Mother's Day than paddling down a river.  Well, it would have been nice to have been with my kiddos, but they all have their own lives now and are each 3 hours away.  Fortunately, two other moms (and their husbands) were able to join us on this paddle.  There were lots of other people out on the river enjoying the river and beautiful day.   The river had a good flow today and it was a little higher than usual.