This isn’t the posting I had planned, about knots and ropes, that will be put off till the next time.
Whoda thunk it? here it is well into November and it is shirt sleeve kayaking weather. The high daytime temperatures had been falling into the 50s with nights approaching freezing, and I was thinking of finding a better storage place for my Manitou.
But Monday morning dawned bright and sunny with the forecast high of 72. What better day to celebrate a good day than getting the boat our for “one more last paddle”. Add one more incentive, checking Geocaching.Com showed that a new cache had been approved, and that it was a hydrocache. I loaded the boat and headed to Prince Frederick, Md. Arriving just after lunch time I set out for what would have been a 0.89 mile paddle to the cache.
Unfortunately after paddling Ground Zero, as we cachers call the cache location, I looked for about half an hour with no luck. The cache difficulty rating was 4.5 our of 5, so I did expect a difficult time of it.
As I was about to give up, another paddler showed up, we chatted for a couple minutes on shore then I gave up the cache search, and headed out with the other kayaker, Bryan, for what turned out to be a 6 mile trip. A power plant occupied the far shore and and we ignored it and enjoyed the wilderness beauty on our shore. The leaves here have mainly turned brown. our course took us close to a gaggle of geese and a bunch of ducks that took to the wing as we came near.
By mid afternoon the sky did start to grow overcast and the temperature dropped, but the long sleeved shirt I wore was enough.
If you are planning on paddling in tidal waters, Salt Water Tides has tide information for many tidal saltwater locations in the USA. I’ve used it a few times to plan my paddling schedule. It’s nice to know that the tide isn’t going to rise and float your boat off the beach while you are having lunch. The results returned for an inquiry include times of Sunrise/Sunset, and Moonride and Moonset.
And before I close this, The next posting is planned to be the first of a couple postings about knots and ropes. If you have any requests, leave them as comments.