On Sunday, June 24, I completed the first leg! I started at Wisharts Point which is in the town of Atlantic, VA. I paddled 7.93 miles to Queens South Landing which is located just off the Chincoteague causeway. It took exactly 2 hours. Take a look:
I was pretty stoked to start this journey. I hope that smile in the beginning remains throughout the coming years! And you gotta love Brian’s fabulous photography, with that artsy, tilted horizon. I also had to crop out his finger. Good thing I’ll be taking most of the photos for this blog!
The first part of this paddle was a bit boring because it was mostly open water and not much to look at. However, as I entered the marsh creeks, wildlife was abundant. Plenty of nesting laughing gulls, terrapin heads popping up every which way, and sting rays! I saw 3 huge sting rays that were practically swimming on the surface of the water. All of them were at least 20 feet away as I saw their wing tips breaking the surface. Although this was a cool sight, I’ll always keep my distance – I was stung in the ankle 3 years ago and am literally scarred for life!
I timed this paddle well because the tide and wind were with me most of the way. Even though the elements were on my side, I was still exhausted during the last 2 miles. Every time I stopped to wipe the sweat away I swear the clapper rails were laughing hysterically at me (their call sounds like an evil cackle, always hidden in the marsh grasses).
I felt pretty accomplished as I pulled up onto Queen Sound Landing. 8 miles in 2 hours isn’t bad! This made me optimistic for some of the longer legs I have planned in the future. Next up, a leisurely paddle in Goldsborough Creek in Easton, MD.
Wish me luck and enjoy this blog! I’d love to hear your feedback. If you ever want to join me for a paddle, please let me know – it could get lonely out there!