This is the third time that we're paddling from one of the new put-ins at Anne Arundel County that are now accessible thanks to the efforts of Lisa Arrasmith and others. On the first two, we launched from Beverly-Triton Beach Park and paddled to the Thomas Point Shoal Light and explored the South River and then West River and Rhode River. This time, we will launch from another new put-in, Shady Side Park, and paddle south on the Chesapeake Bay past Jack Creek Park and into Deep Creek at Franklin State Park which is still an undeveloped park. The trip will be at least 12 miles round trip at an average speed 3-3.5 mph, but we might also explore other creeks like Flag Pond Creek along the way. I am now calling this the AA County Water Trail Series since we are paddling parts of the draft trail that Ralph Heimlich put together.
We will get some help from the outgoing tide on our trip going south and a little help from the incoming tide on the return trip. Bring lunch and water. The current forecast shows mild conditions with waves <1 ft and wind less than 7 kt. The picture above was taken during our paddle across the mouth of West River near the put-in a week and a half ago. You must know how to do rescues and be wearing with a skirt (if your kayak is designed for it) and pfd and have a bilge pump to join this trip.
As an added attraction, the first Riverfest 2014, which is being held near the put-in at Discovery Village from 12:00-6:00 pm will we well underway on our return.
NOTE: Meetup time is 9:15 am. We will probably launch at 10 am. The launch which is located along the left field of the softball field is about 300 ft walk from the parking lot which is near the first base line. Bring wheels if you have them.
As always, please don't RSVP "No" unless you're changing from "Yes."