After Ernesto - Ashville Bridge Creek - North Bay - Muddy Creek




So after my Urban Kayak adventure yesterday, I decided to see what was happening in a little less urban setting. I figured that most of the roads approaching Back Bay would be closed due to flooding, so I opted for Lotus Pond, because it is on a major road that was most likely to be open. Well I was right, but the road was still flooded, as well as the parking lot, but plenty of dry parking surface. The nice thing was, that the water was deep enough that I could launch from right from the parking lot.

It looks like the wind and water took their toll on the lotus, there were no flowers or seed pods visible whatsoever, and it almost appears that they may have even moved, from the wind and water. The area where the was the highest concentration of plants, was almost devoid of plants, but there were plenty further up the creek, and on the other side of the creek from where I normally see them. The leaves were not looking well either, but it is late in the season, so it may not be that big of a deal.

It was a definitely different feeling paddling down the creek, with the water at this level. I was looking in to trees, that I usually had to look up to, one in particular was a birds nest that I had gone under before setting off the ire of the bird setting on the nest, in the past it was over my head, but today I was able to look into the empty nest, at eye level.

I totally expected to the the cypress tree that has been leaning, the last couple trips to be in the water, but it looks as though it made it, with maybe a few more degrees of lean. I am pretty sure that the first North Easter that hits us is going to bring this tree down.

I was not sure what I was going to see at the Back Bay NWR Horn Point facility, other then a lot of water. As I expected, I had no trouble getting through the channel, with the exception off having to duck under a bunch of branches. The water level at the ramp was just about up to the level of the road, and the Eastern side was under water. I got out and saw that the shed was blown over on its side, and pretty much destroyed, and upon closer inspection it looks like it even ripped the water pump out of the ground. There was also some evidence the the entire facility was under water, a water line on the curb of the parking lot indicated that about the only thing above water was the sidewalk. Overall it looks like it faired pretty well.

I paddled around to the end of Horn Point Road, which is completely under water, I decided to see how far up the road I could paddle, and was able to make it around the corner, I could have made it further down the road, but I was hitting the paddle on the road, and I didn't want to mess up my paddle So I turned around.

On the way back I took a detour up Muddy Creek, not much to see here, except for the flooded forest floor. It seems that even though this is a nice stretch of water, nothing ever changes here.

Date Launch Site Distance Photos
09/02/2006 Lotus Garden Park, Virginia Beach 7.30 34
Water in the parking lot at Lotus Pond Park (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Water in the parking lot at Lotus Pond Park, carside launching


Lotus Pond Park Launch (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
About half the parking lot flooded at Lotus Pond Park


Ashville Bridge Creek flooded (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Looking South down Ashville Bridge Creek, water above the banks


Ashville Bridge Creek flooded (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Looking to Sandbridge Road, water very high


Ashville Bridge Creek flooded (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
The Lotus almost completly covered.


Lotus on Ashville Bridge Creek (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Lotus leaves barely able to break the surface on Ashville Bridge Creek


Lotus on Ashville Bridge Creek (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
This picture is looking North up Ashville Bridge Creek, prior to the storm, this area was covered in Lotus plants


Birds Nest (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Birds nest at eye level, that is normally over my head


Ashville Bridge Creek (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Just a picture of Ashville Bridge Creek


leaning cypress tree (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
The leaning cypress tree, is still hanging in there, leaning a little more though.


Duck Blind, Back Bay (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Flooded duck blind


Ashville Bridge Creek (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Looking South down Ashville Bridge Creek


Ashville Bridge Creek (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Ashville Bridge Creek


Flipped over shed (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Flipped over shed at the Back Bay NWR kayak facility


Flipped over shed (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Flipped over shed at the Back Bay NWR kayak facility


Flipped over shed (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Flipped over shed at the Back Bay NWR kayak facility, the blue objects are a pump that was yanked out of the ground.


Flooding (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Flooding at the Back Bay NWR kayak facility


High Water Mark (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
High water mark


Flooding (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Flooding at the Back Bay NWR kayak facility


 (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Ramp completly under water


Flooding (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Horn Point road flooded


Flooding (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Flooding at the Back Bay NWR kayak facility


Reeds blown down (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Reeds blown down by the wind and wave action of Tropical Storm Ernesto


Kayaking on Horn Point Road (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Kayaking on Horn Point Road, I usually only see this while driving.


Kayaking on Horn Point Road (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Kayaking on Horn Point Road, looking towards Back Bay


Kayaking on Horn Point Road (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Kayaking on Horn Point Road, near the road end ramp


Kayaking on Horn Point Road (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Kayaking on Horn Point Road, at the road end ramp.


Reeds blown down (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Reeds blown down by tropical storm Ernesto


Muddy Creek (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Muddy Creek


Muddy Creek road  (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Muddy Creek road bridge


turtle sunning (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Turtle sunning


turtle sunning on a log (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Turtle sunning


Ashville Bridge Creek flooded (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
All the lotus are gone from this area of Ashville Bridge Creek, it is normally covered


Water level gage (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Water level gage at Lotus Pond park




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