2018-05-03.Maddox Creek Paddle
Today was a beautiful, sunny but hot day so we decided to launch the kayak at the marina across from the RV park. There was no one else using the boat ramp and in fact, we didn't see one boater of any kind the entire three hours we paddled up Maddox Creek. The folks at the marina were kind enough to waive the usual $10.00 launch fee because no one else was there but told us that if it had been a weekend, we would have been lucky to find any time or space to launch. It was rather windy so we paddled Maddox Creek rather than the more daunting Potomac River. The creek is quite wide though and it wasn't easy to figure out the path so, we meandered around the coves, admiring the homes sitting high above the banks. The osprey were everywhere, nesting on every available spot including the tops of boat garages, duck blinds and the platforms placed for them in the river. Pairs were perched on antennas and each nest had one osprey occupant (and probably an egg or two) with its mate guarding the sky around the nest or sitting in a tree closeby in case of intruders. We tried to stay far enough away so as not to bother the birds but at least one dive-bombed us as we made our way by the nest. There were many other birds along the banks including blue herons, a little blue heron, cormorants, mallards and a greater yellowlegs whose bobbing gait was a dead give-away to its identity. In the woods, birdsong filled the air and the swallows zipped across the water in search of insects. After about 2.5 miles, we reached the VA Rt. 205 bridge we had used to cross the creek earlier in the week. There was a makeshift boat landing there (at Ferry Landing Rd and Rt. 205) and we pulled up to rest and check out the location for the future. Under the bridge, nesting swallows swept in and out of the crevices attending to their nests to the accompaniment of the chittering of their young. The paddle back was much quicker since we knew the way but it was a lovely day on the water.
At the recommendation of a fellow camper, we drove to the town of Montross to eat at Angelo's. It is a combination of raw bar and Italian restaurant. We ordered a dozen raw oysters for only $10.95 and they were huge but oh so succulent with a melt in your mouth briny-ness. Bob then ordered the baked spaghetti combo; a delicious combination of spaghetti sauce with sausage, pepperoni and meatballs smothered in mozzarella sauce and baked to a gooey perfection. It was so huge that he only could eat one-third of it. I had the chicken parmesan special which also included spaghetti with a meaty sauce which I couldn't finish. The meal included salad and bread and cost less than $50.00 for both of us. So, if you ever find yourself in the Northern Neck of Virginia looking for a good, cheap meal, go to Angelo's.