Thursday, 23 August 2012 17:01
Headwind today. We figure that is a taste of what we will experience once we are out on the ocean. We met several interesting people on the river. We watched Bob Gill from Fredericton reeling in a small mouth bass. As we paddled along the shore of Long Island, hoping to get some shelter from the wind, a motorboat pulled up. They had recognized us from the newspaper. They were on their way to clear a path that not many people know about. The path goes to a great spot for viewing the Long Island Marsh, which was created by Arthur Irving of Ducks Unlimited. If you look at a satellite image of the marsh, you can see the Ducks Unlimited logo. Many of the ducks that spend their summers here will migrate down the coast just like we will paddle down the coast.
The battle with the headwind continued all day. Towards the end of the day, we even experienced some waves. This was actually fun, considering we have been paddling on flat, calm water for quite a while now. Our destination for the day was Brown's Flat. Here we have been treated to showers, a delicious dinner of salmon and vegetables (that haven't been stored in the hatch of a kayak). We have also learned valuable information about paddling through Reversing Falls, advice about where to camp, how to negotiate the tides, and received contacts for people farther along our route. A huge thank you to Paul and Paulette for hosting us! Paul and Dave study the charts.
Miles Paddled: 20
5 Bald Eagles
40 Black Ducks
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