May 28th 2006
It has been a long time since I have kayaked the Pocaty River, so today I made up for lost time. The weather was great, just a little breezy, with temps in the upper 70's. I think what keeps me away from the Pocaty is the launch from Blackwater Rd, very little parking, and a really steep asphalt ramp unless you go about 10 yards to the East where there's small shallow spot that works pretty good for launching a kayak. The river was loaded with turtles of all shapes and sizes who scatter quickly a the sight of the red kayak. I am pretty certain that turtles have some issue with the color red, when I or my daughter use the blue or brown kayak, we can get within a few feet, with the red kayak I am lucky to get within 50 feet, more often then not they scatter at first glimpse.
The river is in bloom with mostly yellow primrose, more so in the sunny sections, it was nice to see these bright yellow highlights amidst all the green. there are several patches of wild iris, but not nearly as much as on other creek just a little further South, and the flowers did not appear as large.
I headed up the North Landing River (Big mistake), and was thinking on heading to the draw bridge at North Landing Road, but having to kayak with the skirt on in near 80 degree weather, just wasn't worth it. I need to remember that the North Landing River is a great kayak trip when the weather is cold.
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