Paddling Wednesday, January 5, 2005 and January 12, 2005

Paddling Wednesday, January 5, 2005 and Wednesday, January 12, 2005, Bogue Sound

On the 5th we put-in at Hoop Hole Creek. Turn off 24 at Hardees in Pine Knoll Shores. Go past Hardees and The Dry Cleaner and past the dumpsters on the right you will find a short trail leading to the water. This trail was badly trashed. We cleaned up most of it and erected Izaak Walton League “Don’t Litter” signs.

We followed the shoreline out into the Sound and turned right toward Fort Macon. The weather was perfect and the wind was at our back. We passed sandy beaches and marsh grasses and oyster beds. We went past Cedar Hammock Island. There were many oppportunities to turn into canals to explore but we went on to the Morehead bridge before turning in on the last canal before the bridge to see the public access here thanks to Bill Murray who has used it. By land take the first road right coming from Morehead off the bridge. .We understand there is another access on the first canal east of the bridge too.

We continued on into Money Slough and around Money Island. There was a large beautiful home on the point here with bulkheads around it. The marshes in front were loaded with trash. We picked it all up and had to unload it up on top of the bulkhead as our kayaks and canoe could hold it. We hope those folks will understand a dispose of this for us.

We paddled by the long row of condominiums with boats tied up on one side and a bulkhead on the sound side. We ate lunch just past them on a sandy beach in Allen Slough out of the wind. Yes, the wind had come up.

We paddled on to Tar Landing Bay. On the right was a canal lined by trailer homes which is where our take out at Triple S Marina is. We could look across the Sound to Sugarloaf Island and Morehead City. Looking across Tar Landing Bay we could see the very high (19 feet per the topo map) Brandt Island. This is the spoils Island where they deposit the dredged material from keeping the channels open in the harbor.

We had time so we decided to climb it.The wind was strong now and it practically blew us over there. The large bushes were so thick we could not penitrate them and had to give up. Bill Murray had decided to explore Fishing Creek instead and he found it a successfuly got through it to Morehead City Channel.

We had a tough but short paddle back against the strong wind to the canal leading to our take-out. We could see Bill coming too from his exploration of Fishing Creek.

Today’s participants were Joanne Somerday, Kinston, Dale Weston, Jacksonville, Bob Wendel, Morehead City, Tom Fineco, New Bern and the writer, Swansboro. It was a very interesting paddle. Very different and we skipped at lot of side bays and channels and canals to be explored another time. We had all the waters to ourselves. We were literally the only boats on the water where we paddled and we only saw three people on land on the whole trip.!

The picture is from the beach on Brandt Island with Sugarloaf and Morehead City in the background.

For more pictures of excellent quality see our Web Site. Those pictures are by Bob Wendel.

The good weather is predicted to be with us next Wednesday the 12th so we plan to put-in at 11th Street in Morehead. There is a sandy beach there in lieu of the slippery concrete ramp at 10th Street. We will revisit Sugarloaf Island and then go across the Sound to Tar Landing Bay, go through Fishing Creek to Morehead City Channel and turn right down to Fort Macon.

.We will follow the Channel back past Brandt Island and visit it and then on back to Sugarloaf on the Cut side to our put-in at 11th Street.

This trip requires good weather and low winds. Confirmation of a “go” will be e-mailed Tuesday. Hope to see you all at 10:00 AM at 11th Street. Evreryone is invited. Brings your friends and yes, Missy, even your puppy dogs!. Missy has literally gone to the dogs! Elmer

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