Sunday, March 1, 2015

A Streak Saver

It wasn't the most pleasant paddling experience, but yesterday's brief exploration of Narragansett Bay's West Passage did keep my streak alive.  The last time a month elapsed without my having paddled New England waters was back in February of 2007.

So with only 3 hours of daylight left in February I launched from the beach (photo at left) at the end of South Ferry Road by the University of Rhode Island's Bay Campus in Narragansett, RI.  Of the 5 boat launches scouted in Rhode Island's South County it was by far the most hospitable.

Air temps were in the mid to upper 20's and the expected northwest breeze was now coming from the south.  Good-sized floating chunks of ice were encountered... 

 
 
Taking refuge behind a jetty I could see the Newport Bridge to the east behind Conanicut Island...
 
 
A distant Beavertail Point Lighthouse could be seen at Conanicut's southernmost tip...
 
Other than wretched ice, no trash was encountered.
 
With the streak preserved, Mrs. Trashpaddler and I watched the last sunset of February 2015 from the warm environs of George's of Galilee seafood restaurant in Point Judith.  The toughest February I've ever experienced and glad to have survived it!  


3 comments:

Erik Eckilson said...

To bad we didn't know you were coming - we might have joined you.

Trashpaddler said...

Hi Erik, Glad to see you, Jim, Earl, and Frank got out. A hardy crew and eagles to boot!
I was flying blind with no idea whether my boat would find open water or not. Originally was thinking Point Judith Pond or the Pettasquamscutt River but South Ferry ended up being my best bet.

suep said...

oh brr, I'm content just to watch !