I’ve taken a couple of long paddles the last two Fridays. This was on Friday, July 1. A friend and I left from the marina on Delegal Creek at 9:30 AM. We had three hours of falling tide. Aided by the current, we paddled out into Green Island Sound, pass the last navigation marker with its osprey’s nest. I was surprised that the bird wasn’t there squawking at us as she has done other times this summer, but then as we were about to pass the marker she came back to the nest with what appeared to be a marsh rat in her talons. Dinner for the little ones!
|Marsh near low tide|
Reaching the river was a milestone as it flowed out into the Ossabaw Sound on the west side of Wassaw Island. Passing Flora Hammock, we continued to paddle in the heat, knowing that soon the tide would turn and we’d be paddling against it. Sure enough, the tide did turn and the last mile or so against the current.
We stopped at a neat but muddy beach on Wassaw Island, at the confluence with Wassaw Creek, about a half mile from the point. It was shady and there were dead trees (reclaimed by the tides) that made good benches to sit and enjoy lunch. It was nice to be in the shade as the temperature was approaching triple digits and the heat index well over a 100.
|Approaching lunch spot|
|From lunch spot|
After eating and resting, we decided to get moving as it appeared there would be an afternoon storm. Instead of paddling the creeks, we paddled out through the Ossawbaw and Green Island Sound, passing the shoals just south of Pine Island. We watched a storm come in from the southeast, with lightning on the other side of the sound.
About the time we arrived back into Delegal Creek, to the squawking of the osprey, we were soaked with a cooling rain. It felt good and with the lightning staying south of us, we were okay (although not particularly safe, but there was nothing to do but keep paddling). We got back to the marina, tied our boats up on our vehicles and then, while downing a beer, enjoyed a second storm with its cooling wind from the safety of a porch along the dock. We had paddle a little less than 16 miles with about 6 or so against the tide.
|Tim as we paddle back across Ossabaw Sound|
|Photo taken by Tim|
|Trip mapped by Tim's App on his phone|
What have you been doing for fun recently?