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As soon as I hit the water, I headed south to Wolcott Creek. The creek itself is at the southwest corner of the bay, but I saw a lot of duck blinds on that side of the water, so I went a more circular route and headed towards the south east first and it's a good thing I did. I will tell you about that on the return trip.
Once I got into the creek itself, I was surprised at how quiet everything got. There are roads less than a half a mile away and small cottages all over the area, but once in the creek you neither see nor hear any of this.
The creek twists and turns about two and a half miles back. The tall marsh grass shields you from most of the wind and keeps you guessing about what is coming up around the next bend. I saw a few dozen ducks, 5 or 6 Blue Herons, a dozen or so red winged Blackbirds and quite a few other birds, that this amateur bird watcher just did not know. I also saw quite a few turtles and tons of fish. It took me about an hour and a half to reach the back of the creek. I might have been able to go farther, but there was a beaver dam blocking most of the creek as well as signs of civilization creeping in, so I turned back.
The trip back was much harder. The current wasn't too bad, but it did slow me down. The wind was brutal though. My trusty anemometer showed a few gusts in the 25-30 MPH range. At one point I decided to stop for a quick rest on what I though was solid land, but as soon as I put any weight on my foot, it sank a good foot and a half deep, so I just rested in the kayak.
Once I got back under way, the wind had died down, so I made some decent time.
When I got back into the southern part of Port Bay, I decided to cut directly across the middle, instead of taking my circular route from the trip in. Here is where I had some problems. I got to the edge of the bay and noticed the water was not very deep at all. I couldn't see the best way to go forward, so I just went for it, hoping for the best. There were a couple of times I got stuck for a short period of time. This is not someplace you would want to get out of the kayak, because the mud is very, very deep. I would suggest heading for the eastern most part of the bay, which is far deeper.
Once back to the launch site, I rested for about a half an hour and then got back in the water. I headed north this time, but I didn't get far. My paddle broke just about a half an hour after starting out again. My backup paddle isn't good for long periods of time, so I decided to head back.
Next time out I will try out Beaver Creek and the rest of the bay itself.
I would just like to point out that I have only been kayaking for just over a month at this point. Please take that into account when planning this trip.
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