Route Change - North Bay - Shipps Bay - Back Bay - Ashville Bridge Creek




I was originally going to do a trip around Long Island form Horn Point,because it looked real good on paper. The weather report was for 8 to 10 out of the west, and not 14+ out of the Southwest gusting to 20+.

I was starting to cross Shipps Bay, and was just getting hammered pretty bad by the swell, and putting a lot of effort just to maintain a straight line, and bearing, so much so that my left shoulder started bothering me. SO instead of fighting I thought I would head into the wind, and turn when I was perpendicular to the point I was heading for, then turn and essentially have a beam reach (Sailing Talk) to the point I was heading for, much better dealing with straight lines then angles in my book. The shoulder was not really feeling better, so I adjusted my plans, and never made the left.

I took a nice leisurely trip through the marsh, as the water was high enough to clear the low points. I had one of those I gotta pay attention moments, when I was taking a picture of an old duck blind, and I was setting down the camera and once again was staring at a Cottonmouth that was probably to close. It was a coin toss on grabbing the paddle or the camera. I grabbed the paddle. The snake was out there enough, that I was able to regroup and get a couple of pictures from a safer distance. The marsh is full of Gar activity, Gar doing Gar do this time of year. I also found some cool little channels that have become exposed due to the recent fire, and I am pretty sure that they will disappear as soon as the grasses grow back.

Still having some energy, and time I decided that t short trip up Ashville Bridge Creek was in order. Not that much going on up there except for the Gar, and a snake hanging out in the grass.

Date Launch Site Distance Photos
04/26/2008 Horn Point 7.30 22
Back Bay (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Marsh on Back Bay


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Red winged blackbird


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Duck Blind, Back Bay (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Old duck blind in a march in Back Bay Virginia


Cottonmouth swimming (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Cottonmouth swimming on Back Bay


Cottonmouth swimming (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
A little better view of the cottonmouth swimming in the marsh on Back Bay


Cottonmouth in the reeds (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Cottonmouth in the reeds.


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Area of recent burn, recovering


Burnt Marsh recovering (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
The reeds in the marsh recovering after a recent burn, a week or so ago, there was nothing here.


Gar  (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Gar doing that Gar thing in the shallows


Hidden Snake (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Can you find the snake in this picture, probably not, because of the web resolution, but it is right in the middle.


Watersnake in reeds (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
When I first saw this water snake, I thought it was dead, because it looked like it was a bit dehydrated, and I thought a bird may have dropped it, but a few seconds after I took this picture it went for a swim


Water  (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Water, your guess is as good as mine, but this is what Back Bay water looks like


Burnt Marsh recovering (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
An area of the marsh that has not been quick on the recovery, but it is on the way back


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Watersnake in reeds (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Watersnake in the reeds at a distance, with green, they stick out a little better.


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Watersnake in reeds relaxing (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
I was trying to find the head, but the wind was not cooperating


Watersnake in reeds relaxing (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Better view of the watersnake, from a little different angle


Topographic Map 04/26/2008 (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Topo Map of trip




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