Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Park Quest #7 ~ Tuckahoe State Park

Like Marquette and Joliet trekking the Mighty Mississippi....
Like Lewis & Clark traversing the Louisiana Purchase...
Like Gilligan and the Skipper and the infamous 3 hour tour...
Okay, maybe not the last one...though we did break into the "Gilligan's Island" Theme song (much to my children's chagrin) our 2.5 hour canoe trip for Park Quest #7 up the Tuckahoe Creek in Maryland's State Park by the same name. The water lilies and winding creek were gorgeous with the sun coming through the trees as we answered nature questions while paddling up with the kids sitting on life vests in the middle of the canoe. Only a few near-tippings, but we all stayed dry, and I got a nice arm workout row, row, rowing my boat, gently down the stream.
One of the most amazing views were all the painted turtles we saw.  Seriously, near 100.  If we got too close, they'd slip off their log...unless of course they were one of the few, the proud, the brave, and they'd eye us as we'd float by.  Sometimes six to ten even filled the same log.  If you're a painted turtle, there's nothing like hanging out at the turtle condo, riverside, sunning yourself with all your other turtle buddies!

The 3/4 mile hike through upon landing upstream (before paddling back) was by far the LEAST favorite of the four of us questers.  The mosquitoes thought nothing of coming in for their dinner entree on our arms...and that was immediately following the bug spray!!  It deterred them not at all!  Needless to say, that part of our quest was short and sweet, with a welcome return to our canoe where we were bug free!
"Wherever there is a channel for water, there is a road for the canoe." -- Henry David Thoreau
"The rivers flow not past, but through us, thrilling, tingling, vibrating every fiber and cell of the substance of our bodies, making them glide and sing." -- John Muir
To find out a bit more about Tuckahoe State Park & Maryland's Park Quest, click the title above or go to http://www.dnr.state.md.us/parkquest/tuckahoe.asp

Pictures a la my own (still dry!) camera!


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