Friday, June 22, 2012
Lift Up Your Eyes
My name is JoAnn. My husband and I live on the Chester River in a rickety 1880s farmhouse. We're a half mile upriver from the National Wildlife Refuge on East Neck Island. Rivers + wildlife = good. Peeling paint, leaky roof, naughty dogs and dusty horses = bad.
What did you do on the summer solstice? Just curious. Hopefully you got outside to celebrate the onset of the season. I organized a group paddle with the Friends of Eastern Neck. It was BYOK (bring your own kayak). Eight people turned out. This was a smaller crowd than usual. Maybe the heat — a steamy 95 degrees at 5:30 PM — had something to do with it. We met at Bogles Wharf and tailgated a bit before pushing off. Homemade basil pesto pasta = yum. Sandwiches from Rock Hall Liquors and salty-sweet peanut chews = even yummier.
As soon as we got onto the water, the temperature dropped 10 degrees. Ahh. Relief. We looked up and saw three eagles touch down in a big tree. Then a couple osprey circled and cried out. Great blue herons fished along the shoreline while red-winged blackbirds trilled in the marsh. Ahh. The sights and sounds of Mother Nature. What a good start to the summer of 2012.
The president of the Friends led the group past Shipyard Creek to Hail Cove. We checked out the oyster bars and living shoreline. A healthy-looking fox wove in and out of the tall grasses on the beach. He ran off when we pulled up, splashed around a bit and, and got out to look back from where we came.
Have a great summer. xoxo, JoAnn
JoAnn Wood is the Senior Program Manager at the Center for Environment & Society.
This picture is from the Harvest Moon paddle in October 2011.