Kayaking in Carolina (Nothing could be Finer)
|Views from the Restaurant|
|We went for a walk on the beach the day before the paddle.|
|That is a the bridge way over in Charleston|
- An estuary is a place where fresh water from rivers mixes with the salt water of the ocean.
- The density of the saltwater is such that it actually rides below the fresh water.
- The salt water in the estuary is actually more salty than the ocean because the marsh grass is extracting freshwater from the salt and excreting the salt back into the water at high tide.
- The fresh water comes from the Ashley, Cooper, and Stono Rivers. "But.... we aren't connected to those rivers here" (Shut up).
- They have one large crab that the males use to attract a mate.
- They are called Fiddlers because when they are raising and lowering their one big claw they look like someone playing a fiddle.
- They make great bait for fishing for Sheep Head.
- They have red feet and black legs.
- The red feet, coming out of the mud, look like worms and attract fish.
- The black legs look like reeds and don't scare the fish.
- The white body looks like clouds above the water
- Yum, Fish!
- They feed by flying along the ocean and lowering their bottom beak to skim the water.
- The lower beak part is longer than the upper to facilitate this effort.
Note that this is a borrowed image. These guys were too fast for me
- Brown Pelicans feed using a method called impact feeding.
- They drop from the air, sometimes from 40 feet, and hit the water hard.
- The impact can stun their prey.
- The birds have only 2 eyelids (we have 4) and the continuing impact can cause eye problems and cataracts.
- When the birds go blind, they starve to death.
This is a borrowed image also, but it was borrowed from my Editor. OK, so she took all of the good pelican pictures.
- Oysters usually grow on the outside of curves of the river because that is where they get deposited by the current during their free floating phase.
- Oysters are important to the ecology of the estuary as they filter the water and take out many impurities including bacteria.
- In the summer, the bacteria count is high, which is why you shouldn't eat the oysters in months that don't have a R.
- Pirates only eat oysters in months that have an AAAAAARRRR.
- They are an endangered species.
- Their biggest predator is the raccoon.
- Now why do we think there are so many Racoons in the Turtles nesting place? Could it be the increasing numbers of humans with their houses and garbage cans?
- Loggerhead turles can weigh 300 pounds. When the female is laying eggs, she may come to the beach on 3 or 4 occasions to lay a different clutch of eggs.
- Turtle eggs are best prepared scrambled with a little dill.
- Pluff mud is called that from the sound a rock makes when it lands in the mud.
- It is created by the decomposition of the marsh grass (which is an annual).
- Enslaved farm workers used the mud for sun screen and insect replellent.
- The mud is high in N P K (Nitrogen, Phosphorus, Potassium) and was once exported as fertilizer.
- It is currently illegal to package pluff mud in any form. It is considered too essential to the wellfare of the coastal barrier islands and estuaries.
- Perhaps it is spelled Plough Mud. Who knows? Nope, your editor checked, and you were right the first time.
|Birds can walk on the pluff mud, but not us. |
Well, they can walk on us, but we can't walk on ...... never mind
|Pluff !! And why does the guide get a Fathom but I don't?|
- The Dolphins hid all day and we didn't get to see them (sad face).
This is a picture of every dolphin we saw.
- There are a lot of places where there is enough dirt and sand for a little island to appear in the marsh grass.
- The trees on these islands are all 26 years old.
- Because of Hurricane Hugo.
- Which was 26 years ago.
- The islands we were paddling around were too small and isolated to have dwellings, but you could camp there as long as you didn't build anything.
- The larger ones (at least) are privately owned.
|Hey, want to buy your own island?|
- Here is a link
- $55 for a 3 hour tour (a 3 hour tour)
- $35 for a 4 hour rental.
- Tell them Jon sent you.
- if that doesn't work, try "Joe" or perhaps "Sir"