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In our journey south, we spent quite a bit of time exploring a few small narrow creeks and estuaries which were swarmed with wildlife. In one quiet creek, we spotted a little blue heron and a few wading egrets. The waters were loaded with jumping fish, blueclaw crabs and small diamondback terrapin turtles. The shores of these little marshes were also loaded with fiddler crabs. As we left the creeks and paddled farther south along the shore of the sound, the water was crystal clear and a little deeper along what seemed like miles of sedge. Along the miles of sedge and through the crystal clear water right below the waterline, we were able to see numerous nutria swimming and burrowing into holes in the sedge. (Nutrias look like a large rodent that is part rat and part beaver).
It was very sunny and about 85 degrees. We were starting to get hot and ready to take a break however there were no beaches in sight to land at. We continued to paddle, each mile hoping to find a beach...however there were none.
After paddling about 4 miles, we finally decided to simply land on an area of cleared muddy sedge where we drank some cool water, had lunch, watched some fish jumping out of the water and took a short rest. After our break we paddled a mile or so south to No Ache Island before paddling at a steady pace back to our take out. An invigorating pace. The beautiful weather and seclusion of the area made this a spectacular paddle.
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