400 Miles Down - West Neck Creek




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...

Date Launch Site Distance Photos
07/29/2006 Dozier Bridge, Virginia Beach Virginia 4.30 27
Launch facility at Dozier Bridge (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Launch facility at Dozier Bridge


West Neck Creek (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Looking North on West Neck Creek


West Neck Creek (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Looking South down West Neck Creek


West Neck Creek (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Northbound On West Neck Creek


Canoe Submerged (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Overturned Submerged Canoe on West Neck Creek


Canoe Submerged (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Overturned 14 foot canoe on West Neck Creek


Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse
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West Neck Creek (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
The split on West Neck Creek, turn to the left is London Bridge Creek and the Lynnhaven River. You can see the current pushing through pretty fast here


West Neck Creek (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
End of the line, I did not want to fight this only to have to ddo it again on the way back


Grapevine on West Neck Creek (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Grape vine over the creek.


Grapevine on West Neck Creek (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Grapes on the vine, almost ripe.


West Neck Creek (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
The merge on West Neck Creek looking South


Spider on the bank (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Big spider on the bank, this spider was one of the bigger ones, the body was close to 2 inches long


Small Creek (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Small creek off of West Neck creek


Overturned Boat (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Overturned boat number two for the day


Debris in creek (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
End of the line again,


West Neck Creek (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
South side of West Neck creek


Swamp Hibicus blooming (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Swamp Hibicus blooming, all the blooms on this were just starting to open


Swamp Hibicus blooming (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Swamp Hibicus blooming, same plant diferent blossom


Swamp Hibicus blooming (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Swamp Hibicus blooming, same plant, yet another blossom. In the stage the colors are a lot more intense


Swamp Hibicus blooming (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Swamp Hibicus blooming, same plant, same flower, diferent angle


Swamp Hibicus blooming (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Swamp Hibicus blooming, same same same, but I like this one


West Neck Creek (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
West Neck Creek


turtle sunning on a log (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Impatent turtle not ready for its close-up


Baby Turtle Sunning (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Baby turtle sunning, this was a little one, only aabout an inch and a half long.


Funky bird duck goose swan turkey thing (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Okay this is the funky duck goose swan turkey thing, I couldnt get a clear shot because of the shade and other stuff


Funky bird duck goose swan turkey thing (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Another clearer shot of the funky duck goose swan turkey thing




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