The night before the scheduled paddle the weather report was not looking good – 90% chance of thunderstorms all morning. When I went to bed I was sure we were going to have to cancel, but I told the participants I would make the call by 6:30 am, just in case things changed overnight, as they often do! By 5:45 am the chance of storms had decreased to 30%. I decided I liked those odds and we went for it!

We left the dock at Port Royal in kayaks under cloudy skies with a light rain falling. It was beautiful! It was warm enough that the rain didn’t bring on a chill, and the river was quiet and serene. Paddling into the Wildlife Refuge just downstream from the Port Royal public launch felt like entering another world. As we wound through the water trail we saw green tree frogs, newly hatched dragonfly nymphs, eagles, osprey, great blue heron and even a muskrat. The cardinal flower, purple loosestrife and marsh mallow also showed really well in the marsh of the refuge! We were able to discuss the importance of wetlands and the negative impact of invasive species.

It was a great day with a really great group of people! I knew it was going to be a good day when we set out in the rain and no one complained!

Daria Christian

Assistant Director/Education Director

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