Jul 29th 2006
Cool, this trip kicks me over 400 miles since I have been keeping track...
Well it had been over a year since I had been on West Neck Creek, and probably as long or longer since I has taken out the Pungo 120, so I decided to remedy that. The Dozier Bridge Kayak Canoe launch is the closest to my house, and I rarely use it anymore.
The water levels were up, and there wasn't any issues launching today. I headed North, away from the bridge, with no real destination in mind. The current heading North was fairly swift, I guess it was low tide on the Lynnhaven, and with the winds being predominantly from the South lately, would be the cause.
About a mile up the creek, I came across a 14 foot canoe, that was overturned, and apparently been there for a while, it was kind of slimy, but look like it was in fairly good shape. I tried a couple of times to see if I could flip it over, but it was to heavy to attempt without flipping my kayak. I continued up the creek, making the turn towards London Bridge Creek, until I got to a dam of debris, and not being really motivated to day, I turned around, and gave another futile shot at righting the canoe. On the way south near the launch, there is a creek that in the past trips was to blocked to pass, well this time by, it looked open enough to take a trip up. Not to far up this creek, I found another overturned boat, this time it was a 12 foot skiff, I didn't waste anytime on this one, because of the large amounts of duct tape apparently patching hole on the bottom of the boat. This creek eventually ends right by my house, and is normally not passable, and when it is, it is not a time to be in a kayak due to excessive rainfall and flooding. I did make it up a little ways, but then again my motivations levels were low, and I turned around.
When I got back to the launch, I had a little motivation left, so I decided to check out a bit of the South side, which is generally nicer the the North side, as the creek widens up a bit, and seems to be a bit cleaner. Just after I passed under the bridge, I saw one of those funky duck goose swan turkey looking birds hanging out in the shade, I have no idea what they are called, and the usually have attitude problems, so I stayed on my side of the creek...
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