Altons Creek - North Landing River - Barge Graveyard - 1933 Monopoly Invented




It looks like winter is finally loosening its grip on the Hampton Roads area, Virginia Beach almost made it to 60 today, with higher temps to follow soon. This is actually one of my favorite times of the year to be on the water, everything is still very calm and quiet, but you can sense that changes are right around the corner,
I took advantage of the weather, and went back to Old Pungo Ferry Road, for a trip to the North side of the bridge, this is a great place to paddle because the launch is easy, and there are some nice little places just minutes from the launch.

The first two thirds of the trip up Altons Creek, was fairly uneventful, except for the occasional turtle popping it head up, it was not until the turn on to the North Landing River that noticed a visitor, a river otter was investigating me while I was on its river, and followed me in to the ox bow, letting loose the intermittent bark, to let me know just whos's river this was..

The ox bow is interesting, in that it is an old barge graveyard, where in the past old barges that had outlived their usefulness were left to rot. Just floating around and looking at all the interesting ways that nature reclaims different things, just a cool experience, but remember if you go there are a lot of jagged edged everywhere so use caution.
I took advantage of the weather, and went back to Old Pungo Ferry Road, for a trip to the North side of the bridge, this is a great place to paddle because the launch is easy, and there are some nice little places just minutes from the launch.

The first two thirds of the trip up Altons Creek, was fairly uneventful, except for the occasional turtle popping it head up, it was not until the turn on to the North Landing River that noticed a visitor, a river otter was investigating me while I was on its river, and followed me in to the ox bow, letting loose the intermittent bark, to let me know just whos's river this was..

Date Launch Site Distance Photos
03/07/2010 Old Pungo Ferry Road Small Boat Launch 5.50 25
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Pungo Ferry Road Bridge


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Trees and Reeds


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River Otter (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
River otter checking the scene


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River otter


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Looks like whats left of a boiler


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Weathering wood, from the remnants ofo a barge in the barge graveyard


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Nail in plank (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
That is one wicked nail


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Nail in a plank


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Wood from a barge as it wears away


Barge Graveyard (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Rotting barges in the barge graveyard


Boats (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Derelict boats


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The Shalauren has seen many better days


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Large derelict boat... I paddled around this one a bit, just thinking what it was like 40 years ago, and the fun times that were had on board.


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Portholes


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Derelict boats


Geese (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Geese in flight


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Cormorants gathering


Osprey (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Osprey watching




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