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As we paddled the creek under Route 158, we approached an area where two local attack swans are notorious for ambushing paddlers, however I was glad we didn't spot them. We later found out from a local person that late last year, the swans mysteriously 'disappeared' from the creek. They were reportedly 'relocated' to another less paddled area. As we paddled northward, the creek widens and becomes Ginguite Bay right before the Currituck Sound. On the western shore, we admired some very large waterfront homes of the gated community of Martin's Point. We also watched osprey flying overhead with fish in their talons. Entering the Ginguite Bay, we encountered some strong headwinds, which made paddling the last mile to the Currituck Sound more challenging. We were determined, however to make it to Mill Point where we could have a beautiful vista of the open and shallow Currituck Sound which was raging in the progressively increasing winds. We landed on a small peninsula at Mill Point to relax, stretch our legs and enjoy the view for a while before we returned on our 9-mile paddle back to Colington Island. We kept a steady paddling pace all the way back and landed at about 6 pm. The total distance for this trip turned out to be 18.5 miles.
We later had dinner at a very nice local eatery called the Colington Café. The café was basically an old house that had been converted to a restaurant. We were seated upstairs in a small intimate room with one other party at a table which looked out over the woods of the island. For a almost two hours, and over a nice dinner, drinks and some laughs, we discussed our day's adventure and our paddling plans for the next few days. After dinner as we went downstairs, we realized the place was completely empty. We had closed the joint and a great day of paddling on Colington Island.
Bent Shaft Canoe Paddles