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Continuing our paddle, we finally made our way through the confused waters at the mouth of Reedy Creek and into the solitude and stillness of one of my favorite, small local creeks. We paddled about a mile up the creek, disturbing a very large Great Blue Heron and a few stray egrets. Turtles were popping their heads up everywhere in the creek and small fish were jumping around in front of our bows. I explored a few narrow tributaries of the creek and drank some very cold water from a well insulated water bottle. After paddling through the wind and choppy bay, the stopover in this area was a very relaxing break. It’s easy to forget you are still in a densely populated shore town in the stillness of Reedy Creek, which is part of the northernmost acquisition of the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge. Reedy Creek is one of Ocean County's natural gems and I’m thankful for the preservation efforts (especially those of the Save Barnegat Bay group - www.savebarnegatbay.org) that have helped keep this area so pristine and undeveloped. After enjoying the peace and quiet for a little while, we started paddling back out to the Barnegat Bay.
At the mouth of the bay, I could feel and see from the chop, that the winds increased a little more. They were still blowing from the south however, and were very favorable for my paddle back. Between the wind and the flooding tide, we made it back up the bay and around Herring Point in record time, through some more choppy, confused and swift flowing water. I also got some practice using the ‘rudder stroke’ while surfing my kayak back to the Mantoloking Bridge. We logged 7.5 miles on the river, bay and creek and then logged some serious carbohydrates at a local pub after this great summer afternoon kayak trip.
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