November 9, 2012
Kayaking MacKay Creek and Walking Folly Field Beach
Today was a nice day. First, although the day started at 41 degrees, the sun was warm and there was not a cloud in the sky. The first thing I saw in the morning, besides Bob and Dixie, was a black crowned night heron who was obligingly sitting on the railing of the dock next door. So…naturally…pictures!
Then, despite the cool weather, we decided to “launch the watercraft!!” We launched from MacKay Creek and paddled around the Pinckney National Wildlife Preserve – about four miles total. There was a lot less wildlife than we expected but we did see blue herons, cormorants, pelicans, some dunlin and four American Oystercatchers; first we have seen on this trip. The paddling was easy although the wind was very cool at first. Once we got around the lee of the island, though, the water became very flat and calm and it got much warmer. Overall, it was a nice paddle.
When we got back to the RV, we grabbed Dixie and went to Folly Field beach where we walked for about 90 minutes. The ocean actually looked like the Atlantic this time with waves rather than ripples. The tide was high so there was not a lot of beach but there were quite a few folks walking and relaxing on the beach. Again, the air was cool but the sky was totally clear and the sun was warm.
By the time we got back to the RV park, it was time for a cocktail and the obligatory sunset photos. We strolled over to the pier where we watched the birds and dolphins in the water. The sunset was beautiful although the pictures were not as good as some I have taken. Leaving here tomorrow and heading to North Carolina.