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« on: May 31, 2016, 03:33:29 PM »

Memorial Day weekend was beautiful in northern Maryland, with remembrance of others' sacrifices and family adventures. Part of our weekend included a float down the Monocacy Scenic River Water Trail from its starting point in Rocky Ridge and then approximately 6.25 miles to Creagerstown. Mary, Mimi, Livy, and I are new to kayaking but have periodically used other types small boats and watercraft.

Four kayaks loaded where three dirt bikes have often traveled...



... and we were off to our adventure. We dropped off Mimi's car at the 'downstream' location and then we all went in the truck to the starting point. We spent several very pleasant hours floating or paddling down the Monocacy River, passing mostly tranquil waters with a roughly 2 MPH current and occasional very mild rapids.

Mary passing by during a pause for photos and videos...



Mimi and Livy impressively maneuvered side-by-side for a few photos...

2016-05-30-Monocacy-Kayak on Flickr

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Here's one of the photos after they maneuvered into position...



The entire event was a pleasure and great family time. We're pleased to have taken the 'plunge' and purchased our kayaks, and we're already looking forward to the next opportunity on the water again, perhaps this weekend.
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« Reply #1 on: May 31, 2016, 03:36:36 PM »

That looks like great fun!  Thanks for sharing!
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« Reply #2 on: May 31, 2016, 05:24:07 PM »

That looks like great fun!  Thanks for sharing!

It does look like fun.
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« Reply #3 on: May 31, 2016, 08:06:58 PM »

Ditto
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« Reply #4 on: June 01, 2016, 12:29:43 AM »

That looks like fun!!
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« Reply #5 on: June 07, 2016, 06:57:09 PM »

Our next kayak adventure took us to Dames Quarter, Maryland on the eastern shore of the Chesapeake Bay and on the Monie Bay Water Trails. Kayaking on Monie Bay is a bit different than last week on the Monocacy River. Without a following current, traveling means paddling all the way. The start point and end point are at the same location, so shuttling a second vehicle around wasn't necessary.

The public boat ramp/dock wasn't extravagant, but quite nice and more than sufficient for our needs...



Lots of interesting creatures and vegetation in the bay. I kept paddling closer and closer to this rascal for a decent photo...



He either finally got tired of this new intruder, or headed off for some other purpose...



Mary and Olivia were part of the day's adventure, although Mimi couldn't make the Eastern Shore trip..



We paddled roughly 3.5 miles and, since the mid-afternoon forecast called for t-storms (which never occurred), we decided to pack up and spend some time at a small local beach just a couple miles away.

2016-06-04-Monie-Bay on Flickr

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Monie Bay has several water trails, and we paddled the first and shortest of them on Saturday, but we'll almost certainly return and visit the rest of them as well. Kayaking has quickly become a favorite family activity.
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