I got out in the kayak last weekend for the first time in a few weeks and followed in my paddle strokes from our first and only outing in PEACE OF THE PUZZLE a couple weeks before that. The spot? Mattaponi Creek, off the Patuxent River in Maryland. The canoe trip served to discover this sweet tributary. We went some of the way up and had to head back. I resolved to finish business as soon as I could.
The creek meanders through a gorgeous marsh with abundant wildflowers, bird, and butterflies. Both voyages gave close encounters with bald eagles, along with the usual herons and osprey. The paddle ends where the beavers have gotten to the creek – there were a couple of obvious lodges along the way. Spectacular find. Anyone in the Mid-Atlantic should check out this area (see directions here).