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Sunday, July 10, 2011

Kayaking on Ayers Creek

A few weeks ago I took a kayak tour, I am just now getting around to posting the blog I wrote about it.
Better late than never!

Today was  blissfully peaceful, and I continue to be completely at ease through the evening. I believe this is largely due to the paddling around I did today in a kayak. Two friends and I went to celebrate a birthday while having a good time on the water.

Ayers Creek tours did not disappoint. Our Guide, Steven and his wife have a eco-touring business that not only relaxes it's clientele, but educates and provides the kind of mental refreshment that only nature can.

They provide all the needed accessories, life jacket, paddle, kayak, and instruction. The rest is up to you.

I recommend taking a guided tour instead of just renting a kayak. I learned so much about the birds we were seeing and and the plant life as well. The great outdoors is a wonderful classroom. There are over 250 bird species in this area and we saw quite a few of them.
A cormorant that was spooked by us, flapped it's waterlogged wings and ran across the water  to she the water weight till it could take flight. Our kayaks and presence scared it as we approached,

In the distance we saw a great big eagles nest just off the marshes nestled in the pines. Steven said these regal birds usually have one to two young a year. It lightened my heart to be so close to these animals.
We also saw snowy egrets, heron, turns and even vultures. 

We saw and heard a few eagles and birds who wanted to run them off to save their own nests. Having a guide to explain the behaviors we were seeing was really great! A well as to tell us what birds we were hearing on our peaceful paddle down the creek.

I also found it fun to check out a bridge from another angle.  This isn't something you see everyday.

Steven and his lovely wife, Suzy have a special job and opportunity to share with the community. Taking a kayak with them is a wonderful vacation idea for anyone (local or not). Getting back to nature and learning about the wildlife is a bonus.

If you are interested in checking out their site or taking a tour click here.
All the pictures posted are from a previous kayak trip near Assateague  Island. Regretfully, I forgot my camera on that day, and wanted to give you more of a visual. Please get out and take advantage the rivers, lakes and streams around you! it is good for you!

1 comment:

Christina Farley said...

I love these photos! Sounds like you guys had an amazing time!