Apr 14th 2006
Well it looks like spring is finally taking hold here in Southern Virginia, and I really need to make up for lost time. This winter has been dominated by such strong North winds, getting trips in was difficult with all the water blown out of Back Bay. Today was a different story, we've had consistent South winds all week. I knew it was a going to be good even before I got there, the good sign being all the roadside ditches were full to overflowing, even though we have hardly had any rain this week.
I decided to head to Drum Point, because it has been a very long time since I have put a kayak in the water there. I wanted to go out and see if there was any activity at the Osprey nesting box, and check out Ragged Islands. Heading out, it didn't take long to get into the groove, and within a quarter mile had a nice cadence going for the 3 mile outbound trip.
Got to the nesting box, and there was no signs of any activity compared to my last visit about a month ago. I did see a few Osprey flying and hunting towards the North, it looked like they may be nesting in the trees on the island, which seem somewhat more protected then the nesting box on the point. The shoreline here forms a small bay, and with the wind being out of the South caused all the pollen to collect here causing the water to turn into a green yellow soup.
I headed South to Ragged Islands, to look around the East side if the islands. Ragged Islands is a collection of a couple of large islands with several smaller islands scattered about, I checked out some of the shallows to see if there were any fish hatching out yet, but it may be a little to early for that. I Did see a 3 pairs of Geese along the shore, and got a great picture of one.
Approaching the South end of the islands, and getting ready to turn for home, I saw what appeared to be a sign on the South island, so I decided to take look. What I found was what appeared to be the remnants of either a house or a hunt club. About the only thing remaining was the chimney and fireplace. It seemed a little to remote to be a house, but who knows. As I was going along the shoreline checking out the stuff that has fallen in the water, I saw a round object under the water thinking it was trash I went to pick it up. I was surprised to find a small china bowl still intact, with the manufacturer markings still intact, The markings Homer Laughlin The Angelus, upon further research appears to be from between 1906 to 1916. I thought it was pretty cool, finding a bowl that is 90 to 100 years old, and still intact laying in the water.
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