We had to paddle up and around marsh grass trying to stick close to Route 24. Picture #1 is of a grounded boat. We believe this was a victim of Ophelia. #2 pic is a view of Dudley’s Marina as seen from the water on the north side of Rte 24. # 3 is some of our trash collected. We unloaded six bags into the dumpster there. That is Dale Weston of Jacksonville on the left and Jim Morris of Morehead City on the right.
#4 is in the canal across from The Flying Bridge where we stopped for lunch. We beached our boats and walked over to the The Flying Bridge for a beer and some clams on the half shell but it was closed. We walked up to The Bogue Restaurant but they did not sell beer. We crossed over to The Wildbird Store to say hello to our friend John Brink.
John was being interviewed by Martha Ahlquist of The Tideland News for a story about hunting on Sunday. We all got our two cents worth in too. Martha is the young lady who wrote, “Heaven on Earth is in a red canoe” which appeared on the front page of The Tideland News on June 21. Our own Ed Gruca was her guide who took her and her Dad “to heaven” through the Croatan Marshes up the White Oak River above the Tidelands Trail. .
After Martha left John drove up to the BP Station and returned with a six pack for us. Walked back to our boats and sat under in the shade of the beautiful large live oaks and enjoyed a cold beer with our lunch. It was the longest lunch stop we have ever had.
Consequently we had to cut our paddle short and skip Jone Island and head straight for North Front Street. We arrived there at 2:45 and picked up another bag of trash along the shoreline at The Bicentennial Park. Picture #5 is here. That is our Izaak Walton League “Don’t Litter”sign which some kind sole moved for us. Maybe it was the construction folks for the new dock walk. We hope they do not cut-off our accesses to the water at the foot of each street. We need more access points to get on the water, not less. hat wood plan road they made to get the crane down there would make a lovely access for us if they can leave it there. That is Jones Island in the distance.
The picture with the crane is at the site of this new dock walk along the waterfront in Swansboro across from First Citizens at the new red brick parking lot with permeable surface to minimize storm water run off.
The birds nest picture is that of a large black duck who remained on the nest until we almost stepped on her.
Every paddle is different. This one proved that fact. It all added up to a very interesting and enjoyable day. Maybe we will make the trip from Tommy Drive to Bear Island if the weather looks good. on Friday. Elmer
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