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I just found these videos on YouTube
It was a beautiful day after a long cold spell, so I got out and walked three times. The first with Charlie, the dog. Then with Mary but she had to leave. The third walk was alone. The ground was very muddy, but it was such a treat to be warm that none of us minded.
The Every Trail site, which I’m using for these files, seems pretty nice.
Mary is out of town, so I went paddling by myself today. Since I only had a 1/2 day, I decided to go back to Bush Creek in order to not spend time figuring out how to put in at a new place. It sure is easy to set up there. The parking lot is right by a nice flat spot carpeted with pine needles. The portage to the water from there is very short.
The weather was unsettled, with the sun appearing just a bit, and the wind very variable. I ended up having to paddle back into a stiff headwind.
I did get to see the Bald Eagle again, up close, when it flew away from a tree about 20 yards from me. My assumption is that it’s the same one that we saw last time because it was in the same area. I also saw a Great Blue Heron, some turtles, and lots of jumping fish.
We got a couple of new kayaks, inflatables from Advanced Elements. Mary’s is an AdvancedFrame, and mine is an Expedition. I first ordered a folding kayak (Pakboat) from REI, but it took so long to assemble and disassemble compared to Mary’s boat, that I returned it and ordered one similar to Mary’s. I decided to go for a little larger boat because foot space was a bit cramped on hers.
We first tried them (I had the Pakboat) while camping at Goose Creek State Park over Easter weekend. Then a couple of weekends ago, we took the boats to Jordan Lake to try my new Expedition.
I found an excellent website, Doggie-Paddling, which lists many paddling locations around here. It’s very well done, with descriptions, pictures, GPS tracks, and maps. Based on his trip descriptions, we decided to try Bush Creek. Excellent location. The paddle was a lot of fun. We even saw a Bald Eagle, which perched on a tree right above our heads. The picture of it (last one below) is not very good, but it’s so unusual that I decided to include it.
Here are a few pictures.
View Bush Creek Paddle, 4/22009 in a larger map