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June 5, 2011 REI Kayaking Tour

Patuxent River's Jug Bay - Kayaking Tour
REI provided everything from three guides, the kayaks, to PFDs (life jackets), water refills, instructions on getting in & out and paddling, lunch, and transport back to our cars.

COST: $125 (REI members) and $145 (non REI members)

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For photographer friends:
I've done a lot of wildlife/waterfowl photography from a walking tour,
but nothing beats seeing them from a kayak.
Expect to see much more now that I've discovered this new love.
REI's Paul Smith getting us organized
REI's Paul Smith getting us organized
Liability Process
Liability Process
Assignment of specific kayaks
Assignment of specific kayaks
Instructions on getting in and out gracefully
Instructions on getting in and out gracefully
Floating down creek to Patuxent
Floating down creek to Patuxent
Patuxent River under Route 4 (PA Ave.) Bridge
Patuxent River under Route 4 (PA Ave.) Bridge
The adventure begins
The adventure begins
Patuxent River shoreline
Patuxent River shoreline
Practicing the skills Paul, David & Jeremy taught us
Practicing the skills Paul, David & Jeremy taught us
Three kayaks like this one were available - 15.5 feet long and 50 lbs.
Three kayaks like this one were available - 15.5 feet long and 50 lbs.
MB's bow of same 15.5 foot kayak.
MB's bow of same 15.5 foot kayak.
Huge population of Ospry throughout the day
Huge population of Ospry throughout the day
Ospry parents nuturing their fledglings
Ospry parents nuturing their fledglings
Ospry parents nuturing their fledglings
Ospry parents nuturing their fledglings
Ospry parents nuturing their fledglings
Ospry parents nuturing their fledglings
Our first stop for lunch at an archeological site.
Our first stop for lunch at an archeological site.
Our Sheppard guide - Jeremy
Our Sheppard guide - Jeremy
Putting in at Mount ?
Putting in at Mount ?
MB's kayak and gear in foreground
MB's kayak and gear in foreground
Putting in at archeological site
Putting in at archeological site
Panera Bread lunch
Panera Bread lunch
View from archeological site back down to Patuxent
View from archeological site back down to Patuxent
MB's new deck gear from REI
MB's new deck gear from REI
Back on the Water after lunch
Back on the Water after lunch
Look closely you can see the fledglings
Look closely you can see the fledglings
Ospry Cam in background.
Ospry Cam in background.
Muscrat Lodge
Muscrat Lodge
Park Wildlife Trail Trestle
Park Wildlife Trail Trestle
Our group getting lined up for photo op
Our group getting lined up for photo op
Tower overlooking our tour
Tower overlooking our tour
Water below is put-in to get to the tower.
Water below is put-in to get to the tower.