I had another restless sleep; it generally takes me two or three nights before I can sleep well when out camping. I woke to the pretty sound of a bird calling... tweet, tweet.... a pause then tweet, tweet, tweet. It repeated this over and over. I dug out my watch from my drybag. It was a little after four am. I closed my eyes and tried to go back to sleep. That darn bird just would not shut up! It was very nice to hear but I had not slept well the last two nights and it started getting to me. After a while I checked the time again - almost 5 am. Just as well to get up. I rolled up my thermarest pad and stuffed my sleeping bag into the drybag. Then I took down my tent and carried it all down to my kayak.
I was the only one up and had this view all to myself for a little while...
It wasn't long and the guys came to life. We had breakfast, packed up, and were on the water before 8 am.
|Tony, Hazen, and Neville|
Our route took us to Pikes Arm where we crossed under the bridge..
We crossed over to Ship Island, through Gut Arm, and then through Gut Tickle...
|Lunch beach in Codjack Cove|
|Tourists out for a ride|
|Devils Cove Head where we stood a couple days before|
It was a good decision. Hazen had his tent right in the spot in the picture below where the pool of water is and so would have received the worst of it, but we would all have had our tents wet!!!
Hazen knew that Grant Cudmore (one of our paddle club's central reps) was in the area and so he called him and he brought some cold beer to our camp site for us. Now that was a very well appreciated treat!!
There wasn't a lot of wood around but we managed to scrounge up enough to have a nice little fire to go along with a couple drinks...
I was tired when I crawled into my tent....
(See Tony's blog entry for morning and the afternoon of Day Two)