Kayaking and Sifting
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Our kayak path took us on part of the Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network which can be found in several states and DC (hence why it fell into this blog).
Several weeks ago Karyn suggested that our Bible Study/Small Group go on a short kayaking trip/archeological dig. She had found a place where we could paddle a short ways upriver (probably not even a half mile), eat a picnic lunch, and then help with some simple work at a historical site for about an hour. Several members of the group and friends signed up, so on this sunny Saturday morning about a dozen of us piled into vans and cars for the drive over to our put-in site.
Moments to Remember:
- Annette and Michael started off in the double kayak. Unfortunately, the boat was low in the water and they started taking on water.
- Watching the boys try to climb a tree to figure out where the rest of the group was (still in the rescue process)
- Eating lunch under the trees by the mansion and how the workers brought over an extra table for us to use
- Finding artifacts while sifting through dirt at the site. Sean was the nail finder. We also found glass, fragments of pottery, pieces of pipes, and shells (from meals)
- Getting a tour of the mansion from Don who was very knowledgeable about the site
- Staying back from the teenage girls' water fight with their paddles
- Animals spotted included nesting ospreys and jumping fish
- Actually managing to get my kayak back into the dock area without any major difficulties. In fact, I didn't tip the craft over at all :) This was the first time I had ever really gone kayaking so I felt very accomplished ;)
After the time outside, we headed back to our meeting place and played cards.