MAY 2007 Paddling Calico Bay
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12 May 2007 (SATURDAY) -- A kayak trip from Fisher Street to Crab Point And Back.
13 May 2007 (SUNDAY) ---- A kayak trip from Fisher Street to Phosphate Barge And Back.
02 JUN 2007 (SATURDAY) -- A kayak trip from Fisher Street to Crab Point And Back.
09 JUN 2007 (SATURDAY) -- A kayak trip from up the Newport River to Fisher St.
04 JUL 2007 (WEDNESDAY) - Sunrise on Calico Bay


12 May 2007 (SATURDAY) - A kayak trip from Fisher Street to Crab Point And Back.

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    The weather this morning was grand not a breath of wind and Calico Bay was a flat as a pancake.  I put the little wheels on the back of the kayak and pulled it over to the brand new kayak launching pier at the north end of 6th street just a block and a half from Fisher St.

    I'm not sure how to get in a kayak from a floating dock so I got in my normal way, on the 'beach' (Read: oyster shell mud flat) instead.  The picture on the left side of this page is zoomed in view of the GPS track while the picture on the right side of this page is a bit zoomed out.  I paddled across Calico Bay and up beside Crab Point all the way to the Newport River before I turned around.  The tide was falling on the way out so on the way back I was pushed along by the current.  There are some very shallow parts that were exposed as mud flats by the time I came back by them (I actually got stuck, briefly on the way up).  I think I may eventually figure out how to 'read' the water to avoid them.

    My eventual plan is to put in a ways up the Harlowe Canal and paddle down and cross the Newport river to Crab Point then on down to Fisher St and take out there.  The picture just to the left of this paragraph is a zoomed out view with the put in spot marked with an "X" and then little yellow dots marking the paddle down to Fisher Street. I think the trip is about 9 to 10 miles.  Certainly it can be done in a day.
    I'll write a new page of the account of the trip when I make it. This canal was dug back in the 1800s and was used to ship freight to and from New Bern to the Beaufort, Morehead City ports.  This allowed seagoing vessels to put in at either Beaufort or Morehead City and not have to navigate all the way across the sound from the outer banks and then on the New Bern.  After the canal was dug I expect that New Bern suffered a decline in the number of vessels that visited there to let off and pick up freight.  The canal was dug by slaves.  Of course after the Inland Waterway was constructed it made the Harlowe Canal completely obsolete.

 

 


13 May 2007 (SUNDAY) - A kayak trip from Fisher Street to Phosphate Barge And Back.

    On Sunday morning Ted and I decided to go for a short paddle.  We agreed to meet at 8AM.  About 7:45AM I was out backClick For Larger View getting the kayaks ready to go and Ted came out and said, you know there is a squall line coming and it should arrive in the next hour.  I looked up into the sky and said, "Well if that forecast verifies that will be something." The sky was completely blue with only a few wispy cirrus clouds.  Well Ted is a sailor not a kayaker and when it comes to the weather if you have access to a sailor how says "There is a squall line coming." you should listen.
    We had the kayaks on their little dollies and pulled them over to the new 6th street launch site and noticed that the wind was picking up but there were no white caps yet on Calico Bay. 
    We decided to go.  The tide was falling and we did pretty good until we got to the place where the phosphate barges unload and the wind whipping around the corner was a good indication to turn around and go back.  We battled the the current going back up toward the yacht basin and the Army piers and when we came around the island the wind had really picked up ant the sky was dark and grey and even darker in the direction of the wind.  It looked like a nor'easter was starting to close in.  The waves were very choppy when the wind and current were across each other and we made a dash across an open spot and got in the lee of an small island.  We had one more open stretch to go to get into the lee of a small marsh island just opposite the 6th street putting in spot.  We did it and when we got back to the beach felt proud that we had braved the Nor'Easter and made it back ok.  By this time Calico Bay was full of white caps.

 


02 JUNE 2007 (SATURDAY) - A kayak trip from Fisher Street to Crab Point And Back.

    Evelyn and I paddled across Calico Bay and up to Crab Point and back.  We saw a dolphin and made good time going and coming this was the same paddle I did a few weeks before and the second time around it seemed much better and more doable.
 


09 JUNE 2007 (SATURDAY) - A kayak trip from up the Newport River to Fisher St.

    What I wanted to do was put in somewhere near the Harlowe Canal and paddle up it a ways then back down the way I came and then across the Newport River to the take out at the new 6th street pier.  Instead I found out that the put in point I chose was a good mile or better up the Newport River from the Harlowe Canal than I thought. You can see the GPS track and my intended track when you click on the graphic to the left. The expanded graphic also has the details of the paddle, how long it took and how long the actual paddle was.  I was pretty tired when I got back.  I saw I think the same dolphin that Evelyn and saw the previous weekend.  And I met a fellow who was out on his boat with his dog just doodling around.

 


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Ted At The Phosphate Pier

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Ted At The End Of The New 6th St Pier  

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Peggy and Robert a MV's House

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Just Before Getting To New Port River
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Just Before Getting To New Port River
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Looking over my shoulder
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Looking over my shoulder
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Looking over my shoulder
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Right At Crab Point
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Right At Crab Point
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Looking up the Newport River
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Looking across the Newport River
 

 


04 JULY 2007 (WEDNESDAY) - Sunrise On Calico Bay.
 
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I got a brand new digital camera for my birthday, a Canon A570-IS the camera came with a 16mb compact memory card but for just a few dollars I purchased a 4gb memory card --- the 16mb card would only hold eight pictures at the maximum resolution of the camera.  That maximum is 7mpix.  I also went on Amazon and purchased a waterproof case that gives access to all the functions and is watertight down to 130 feet --- not that I plan on diving with it but it will make it nice at the beach.  So when I got down to the beach this week I brought the camera with me and snapped some pictures at Sunrise.  Click on the pictures for a larger view.

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