Friday, July 17, 2015

Kayaking Janes Island Part 3: The Brown Trail

Setting out to paddle the longest of the water trails at Janes Island. This trail goes around the entire Island. Wednesday was a very calm day and although it looks overcast it was not. It was just very humid. So we set out to attempt the brown trail which is about 12 miles and goes completely around Janes Island. Yes I know there was a water spot on my lens...

There is a modest amount of traffic on Daugherty Creek Canal, mostly crab boats. 

Leaving Daugherty Canal we enter the Crisfield harbor.

Russ and Mark paddling on the calm waters. The water was calm and at times like glass. There was very little wind so paddling was very easy. My elbow however still gave me some difficultly.

Such calm conditions.

Condos in Crisfield. 

We saw Bald Eagles. My Olympus TG4 waterproof camera is not great for these kinds of shots but you can tell it is a Bald Eagle.

There was this chimney thing which we paddled over to explore and to take a break before heading around the point to the open waters of Tangier Sound and around Janes Island. I later found that this was part of an old fish factory that had was built at Old House Cove by Dennis and Milligan in 1871 and was eventually run out of business as regulations and the 1929 crash and subsequent depression took it's toll on the fishing industry. We decided to go take a closer look.

Once at the beach we didn't want to battle our way through the green heads, the brush and poison ivy to see what the chimney thing was.

It was such a calm and tranquil day but here is one big problem when there is no wind. No wind means lots of green heads. Green heads are large flies with green heads that leave a nasty bite. They love marshes and they love to swarm you. They are slow moving so when they bite you you are sure to be able to swat them and kill them. Their bite can often draw blood and leave nasty welts. Even Deep Woods Off won't stop them from attacking.

We spent about 15 minutes walking the beach, stretching our legs and backs before the big paddle on Tangier Sound.

Another view of the chimney and those are some sort of concrete boxes. I do not know exactly what they are but I assume they may have been some sort of holding tanks for the fish.

The red boat is mine. The orange one is Robs.


We we discussed the wisdom of continuing around the Island on Tangier Sound. It is a long paddle at this point and my elbow was not 100% but I was holding up ok. Russell's boat is not the best for this kind of trip and he was starting to tire. We decided to push on and if worse came to worse we could get to the yellow trail and head back from where we had been on the beach the day before, if we could find it!

We set off but Russell did have a hard time keeping up with us so it was slow going.

As we got further around the Island it became clear that we would be wise to find the beach that lead to the yellow trail. We managed to find it easily. We just looked for the beach where the driftwood tree that I photographed Mark, Russ and Rob the day before. and we found it at about the 7 nautical mile mark on the brown trail. Rob's expensive waterproof GPS unit decided to no longer be waterproof and started acting up a little before that point so the distance may not be accurate. It was more than 5.5 nautical miles but less than 8. 

Once we found the beach we had to portage the kayaks the short distance across to the other side and launch onto the yellow trail and head back to the docks.

This is not good paddling Rob was trying to wash the nasty muck off his feet.

We did get back to the docks in a short time after that. It was a great paddle and while we were disappointed we didn't complete the brown trail we were happy with what we did accomplish.

This is the map of our route. The total miles we paddled was 8.51.

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