November 3


I woke up at 6 ready to go but the sun was no where near ready to get up. Neither was I. Yesterday’s combination of lack of sleep and full day of travel caught up to me. Its going to take me a few days to get re adjusted to the ways of the ocean.  And it is later in the year and the sun is rising later and setting earlier.  The water was pushing east to west pretty strong all day but I had no option but to push through it. I realized that I wasn’t going to make it the 20+ Miles to the next camp site that is pointed out on the rough guide I have.  Normally this wouldn’t be a problem except that there isn’t really anywhere to camp as a road follows the coast. I decided to take a detour and cross the bay to St George’s island. It looked beautiful, and came highly recommended.  Even with flat water, it was a struggle to get 15 Miles today. When ever I would stop I would float backwards from the current. I could see the spot I was going to camp about 10 Miles before I got there and that was the worst. While several miles off shore i kept noticing a lot of activity in the water. I couldn’t figure out what it was. I continued until I looked down in the water and could make out that it was a jelly fish. Big jelly fish. And they were everywhere. Probably over 300 in just a few miles. They didn’t seem phased by me. Every so often I would hit one with my paddle or boat. By the sound and feel I’m not sure where they get the name jelly. I debated reaching down to see what they felt like but didn’t want to risk getting stung. I started calling them land mines and got out of the way. When I finally made land fall I saw a bald eagle sitting on a tree above my camp. I had been thinking about how much the pelicans looked like bald eagles but thought for sure that I wouldn’t see one the rest of the way. Beautiful sun set tonight but I had to watch from inside my tent.  But I did find my bug spray in my boat which I thought I had lost.