Saturday, June 23, 2007

Sassafras River Adventure

One of the things I've learned in my Adventure to Delaware is that there is water everywhere. Most of it is 'flat water'. That's a term canoeists use to refer to water that has a current but is flat, and free of rapids. Mt. Pleasant Mom took me to just one of those rivers on Thursday.

It is the Sassafras River and it flows from East to West, from the very western edge of Delaware through Maryland to Maryland's Eastern Shore. That's what the land is called that is on the eastern side of the Chesapeake Bay, and the Sassafras River flows into the Chesapeake Bay. We didn't see the Chesapeake on this trip since the river gets quite choppy and rough close to its mouth and is highly affected by the tidal flow. Instead we went floating on the part nearer its source.

But first we had to put the canoe and kayak onto the car:
No, I didn't ride up here even though I wanted to. The sightseeing would have been quite good though. When we got to the river the boys put the boats onto the shore and took some photos of me.


It is low tide and even though we are miles and miles upstream from the Chesapeake Bay this river is very affected by the tidal flow. It even tastes salty.
In 6 hrs the water will be a foot deep here but we were out and back before that happened.

I couldn't take the camera along cause it might have gotten very wet on our adventure, but let me share with you what we saw. We saw Great Blue Herons, six and ten at a time!

The water is teaming with fish and we watched the Great Blue Heron catch fish along the river. We also spotted a Bald Eagle and two juvenile eagles! What a sight. There was a little bird chasing the Bald Eagle away too.

We saw catfish, huge catfish that were at least 3 feet in length and that's no fish story. There were turtles and tortoises, and squirrels, and a Canada Goose pair guarding their young. It is a natural area with few houses along the shore so the wildlife is teaming here. We didn't see any other mice though :-)

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