Here we are at the Rte 172 high rise bridge over the New River, in Camp Lejeune. Al Morris is already in the water with his kayak and his home made paddle of western red cedar. It is beautiful and light and very efficient. It seems like he glides forever with one paddle stroke. Jim Neidermeyer is waiting for me to come back from parking my truck. He is holding my dry bag for my keys and wallet and is read to go.
The view is down stream toward the New River Inlet. That is Sneads Ferry on the right and Jarretts Point on the left.
In spite of the dire weather predictions, which apparently scared other paddlers away, we had excellent paddling conditions weather wise. As there were only three of us and we all were in one vehicle we had no shuttle vehicle and so put-in here and took out here.
The trash was heavy along the shore of Ellis Cove. So much so that we were loaded before we got to the point where Ellis Creek begins. The tide was low and all the trash grounded us in the shallow water. We had to unload our canoe right there, two small points before Ellis Creek.
We then paddled out into deeper water and entered Ellis Creek. We saw two osprey nests occupied and some great blue herons and several little green herons. It was a beautiful creek with several smaller creeks along the way. It was a wilderness like setting.
We came upon a sign stating Polluted Waters. We could not believe this. When we got closer and read the smaller letters. It said it was a growing area for shell fish
harvested from polluted waters and placed in these waters to grow and become edible for human consumption.
Please join us if you can. The more the merrier!
Camp Lejeune had removed one pile of trash we left up on the paved road last week. They missed the other larger load we left down the dirt road to the right which goes under the bridge. There are now 21 bags of trash here with about a dozen crushed, abandoned crab pots and other miscellaneous large items. We are asking them to get this too.
Please everybody, stop littering and discarding your trash over board. All this would be unnecessary and our waters would be clear and clean all the time!