Kayaking in Toppahannock Crabs in Maryland

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Monday, July 26, 2010

Heading out of Norfolk I was told that today would be the hottest day ever recorded in the Outer Banks and Southern Virginia.  Still figuring out my blogging, and delayed by a few hours I finally left at 11.  Checkout time. 

I could feel the thick steamy air as I loaded up in my car.  This heat was monumental.  I chose to head up I 64 instead of going up the Delmarva peninsula.  Funny how a small decision, made on a whim, can change everything.

I got off the highway as soon as I could and took SR 17 through the quiet river towns throughout historic Virginia.  As I crossed the tributaries of the Chesapeake River I noticed a town on the map that sat right on the Rappahannok River called Toppahannock.  I found a small street that pointed to the old town area.  I drove down it and there was a small boat ramp and parking about 10 yards from the water.  This was my spot.

As I surveyed the area, heat reading on the bank sign stated 106, as I began to unload my kayak.  I noticed a couple walking towards the water and said hello.  They were a couple living here but raised in Rome, Italy.  He offered to help me take down my kayak and then took some pictures. 

The sky was a vibrant blue and the water warm.  A long bridge was just to my north and pontoons stuck up with mostly seagulls standing on them. Ospreys flew overhead.  I carefully took photos and kayaked in the sweltering heat.  A great blistering hot workout. 

I loaded my kayak myself, checked all my equipment once again and got in my car.  My rear view mirror had melted off the window.  I had to go to a car shop and make a repair.  I was off again.

Heading north again I ate some whole grain snacks and drank copious amounts of water.  I found a great, locally owned farm fruit and vegetable stand with the teenage children running it.  I stocked up and found Westmoreland State Park.  It was on the Potomac and was full of history and beauty.

I spoke to my cousin Rob on the phone there.  He lives in Fulton, Maryland and was an I Phone whiz.  He suggested that I stay with him and he would take me out for some real Maryland crabs.  He was about 2 hours drive north.  I went for it.

Storms were moving in and they rocked my top heavy Aztek.  The big city traffic brought my tranquil day to the stark reality of, "I got to go where things are quiet," kicked in.

The crabs and conversation were great and we stayed up to 1:00 am working on my technology.  We decided that I would go to the Apple store on Monday and get things figured out. Rob was a great help. 

Tomorrow I will have a DC area adventure.

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