Roadtrek Roadtrip, Kayaking Corker’s Creek

Before I forget, Julie is a new blogger:  She is also an artist, and some of what she puts in her blog are images of her artwork, as well as photographs and commentary. I found it interesting to compare our experiences of the same places.

Sunday, May 2: The expedition of the day was to kayak from the marina at the Shad Landing marina, part of Pokomoke River State Park. It was the first time out this year for both of us – and I don’t think Genne had ever been kayaking before. We chose the relatively sheltered route around the island, on the Corker’s Creek Blackwater Canoe Trail, a little less than two miles around. It was a lovely day, and perfect weather for the outing.

Note that Genne’s life jacket matches the boat; she is so fashion conscious!

Do we know what this plant is? Well, no – but it makes clouds of those delicate white flowers this time of year.

This goose was staying discrete – quiet and close to the shore.
And our return to the landing.

Roadtrek Roadtrip, Assateague and Chincoteague

Thursday, April 29: Joined my friend Julie (and her teardrop camper J@untie, and min pin Genne) at the Assateague State Park. See  previous post.

Friday, April 30: Our outing of the day was to explore the Assateague end of the National Park. Three cheers for the Parks Pass!! We checked out where we could launch kayaks (if it weren’t blowing whitecaps everywhere!), and where some of the camping areas are in the National Park. But the Maryland State Park is just as nice, and less expensive, I think. One launch area had these kite surfers – I was unable to get a photo of one airborne, but they were flying a good ten feet in the air at times.

Driving back, we saw a truck swerve toward one of the wild ponies along the side of the road – it was a government vehicle, clearly trying to train the pony not to walk in front of vehicles! It wasn’t very effective; here it is starting to walk back into the middle of the road.

Genne was too tired to drive:

These four photos were taken from our campsite. One is supposed to stay 40 feet from the horses – but no one has taught them that! One had to come check out the kayak; when I wanted to go to my camper, they were right outside the door. You can see how windy it was, with the manes and tails blowing in the breeze.

Saturday, May 1: This was the day to move camp. We loaded up and moved out, down to Pokomoke River State Park, near Snow Hill in Maryland. We left Julie’s rig there, and went on down to the Chincoteague end of the National Seashore, in Virginia.

These egrets were clearly paid to put on a show – we stopped for lunch across from where they were posing, continued on to the seashore – and they were still there when we came back.

There are ponies at this end of the barrier island, too.

The beaches were crowded, and it was still howling wind, so we drove slowly around the wildlife viewing area, but didn’t spend much time out of the camper, and headed back to the campsite relatively early.

Roadtrek Roadtrip, Continued

I spent Thursday morning, April 29, catching up on e-mail and visiting. Then I left for a very pleasant cruise down to Assateague State Park in Maryland, where I joined one of my friends and her little teardrop camper.

The Visitor Center is closed, but there’s a ranger on duty to answer questions and hand out maps and other information. She was able to tell me that these birds are Glossy Ibis – I recognized the silhouette, but hadn’t met the black form before. I associate the white ibis with Florida and Georgia – but apparently the glossy black ones go as far north as the coast of Maine to breed!

It was WINDY!!! Both nights that we were there, the wind gusts were enough to really rock the campers. It was a lot like being on a boat in an unprotected anchorage.

These pelicans were soaring the dune line:

Roadtrek Roadtrip, Spring 2021

It is later than my usual spring roadtrip, but here I am, on the road again, loaded with food and kayaks. I departed April 28, driving through Connecticut

and spending much to much time in stop and go road construction traffic on my way to Delaware! It was painfully slow the entire way from the Philadelphia airport to the Delaware line, but even arriving at 11:45 that night at the home of a friend, there was an excellent dinner waiting! I slept well and soundly in the Roadtrek in her driveway, showered in the morning, joined her for breakfast, and admired her beautifully kept flower gardens before heading to Assateague State Park in Maryland. Her Carolina Jasmine smelled good, too:

Bloodroot is Blooming

When I first moved here, I knew where to see bloodroot in the spring – and it wasn’t on my land! About 12 years ago, it started showing up along the driveway, and now it has spread to be a reliable ephemeral sign of spring.

Recommending for Knitters – and People Who Like Sheep

Debbie Zawinski wandered Scotland, looking for bits of fleece from all the local sheep breeds. Then she spun the fleece and knitted socks – one pair in honor of each breed. She does give the patterns for the socks – but this is much more a travel book where most time was spent on foot, with public transport (ferry, bus, train) when needed. Accommodations – usually her tent, set up in gorgeous spots, often along the shore. The weather – wet!! If you want to travel vicariously in rural Scotland, literally following in the footsteps of sheep, get the book! (I got it through interlibrary loan. Thank you, local public librarians!)