A hardworking Mainer and his dog in stark contrast to us leisurely kayakers on vacation. No wonder they call us “speed bumps!” (This photo from September 2013, Penobscot Bay kayak-camping trip. See more here and here.)
“Red and green, go between.” (Unless they’re moving, that is.) This photo of a sunrise paddle near Davids Island is courtesy of our friend Rob. That’s his orange Tiderace between the lateral markers. And that’s Rob himself between Alan and Gidon, hanging out at Glen Cove, Long Island, after our cross-Sound paddle on Sunday.
“If you can hear the train, it’s going to rain,” goes the saying here on this waterfront (per Wikipedia). The Long Island Rail Road serves the city of Glen Cove. Evidently, if you can hear the train whistle blow, it means the wind is coming from the east and a storm’s on the way. We didn’t hear any trains.
“When the cat’s away, the mouse will paddle.” Ok, we just made that up. But it’s true. Alex was off visiting family in Michigan. So Jean spent all day Sunday on the water, taking photos between paddles and encountering friends all over the place.
Thanks to this week’s photo challenge (wild guess…?) between. 🙂
We’d looked at this photo of Lake Otsego plenty of times without ever noticing the extra kayak.
(It’s our very own Alex, paddling on the head of a pin.) 🙂
We’re always thrilled to discover fresh loggerhead turtle tracks, as we did in June 2012. Here, mama turtle has returned to the very same beach where she herself hatched (her “natal” beach at Botany Bay, near Folly Beach, South Carolina) to lay her eggs—up to 120 of them.
She came at night, then returned to the sea. The rear flipper marks appear staggered, or alternating, across the track and resemble “commas” in the sand. Read more about sea turtle tracks here and loggerheads here.
Incubation temperature determines the hatchlings’ sex (warmer temps result in females; cooler, mostly males.) Check out what happens 60 days later! We love this youtube video, below—some nice folks on Botany Bay watching the little fellows (?) make mini fresh tracks of their own.
See other fresh takes on Ailsa’s weekly travel theme.
We’ve paddled through salt marshes, lakes, ponds, surf, mangrove swamps, and rock gardens. But we never expected to paddle through a forest! Here are some photos of last week’s jaunt to Little Tybee Island, GA, where the sea is steadily (and eerily) reclaiming the maritime forest on the barrier island’s eastern tip.
A bonnethead shark is surprisingly curious about Jean’s kayak. (They’re usually timid and harmless—unless you’re a crustacean.)
See other bloggers’ interpretations of Ailsa’s Weekly Travel Theme, Unexpected. And if you’re seized by a sudden desire to poke around Tybee, GA, with us, more photos of last week’s trip are here. Or do it yourself and rent kayaks from our friends, Marsha and Ronnie, at Sea Kayak Georgia. Bye, y’all!
Room to breathe. Room to roam. We 2geeks can’t get enough of tidal estuaries in the South. Above: Savoring the view (and the shade!) during a break on our daylong paddle around Tybee Island, Georgia; way over yonder, a bottlenose dolphin comes up for air.
While relaxing in the shade, we enjoyed a show. Male fiddler crabs competed to attract females into their burrows by waving their claws (“Hey, baby baby baby, come on down to MY room!”) Click on video, below:
There are plenty of roomier places for rent on funky ol’ Tybee. But few are this charming:
By the way, if your bookshelf has room for only one guide to the beaches and marshes of the Eastern United States, we recommend Tideland Treasure by Todd Ballantine. The handwritten text and illustrations are adorable!
See other bloggers’ takes on this week’s photo challenge: Room.