Canoeing near Fernandina Beach

Trip Start Aug 18, 2008
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Trip End Oct 01, 2008


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Little Talbot Island State Park

Flag of United States  , Florida
Thursday, September 25, 2008

With two nights left before we arrived in South Carolina, we decided to drive north to Fernandina Beach and Amelia Island, two beachside communities in north Florida just over the border from Georgia. And since the weather was holding up and the bed and breakfasts nearby were all over $200, we decided to camp nearby at Little Talbot Islands State Park.
Not expecting much, we pulled into the campground and were surprised to find a beautiful collection of campsites underneath what was basically a canopy of live oaks covered in Spanish moss. We had been given a site near the creek, which had a put in nearby for small boats like our canoe. So Mike set up camp while I scoped out the boat launch, and then we headed into town to walk around the shops of Fernandina Beach and pick up some food for dinner.
When we got back, though, we noticed that the tide had come in, and found out that strong northeasterly winds had made for one of the highest high tides in years. As we drove around the corner, we found the whole road flooded along with half of our campsite! Fortunately, the tide hadn't made it all the way to our tent yet, so we picked up and moved everything to the other side of the campground, to an even more picturesque site that looked over the creek, but was on higher ground.
The next day we went canoeing on the creek and nearby marshes. It started off great, with pretty views and we even spotted a pair of kingfishers hovering over the water and then divebombing the water before emerging with a fish in their mouths. But then the wind picked up and it became more of a cardio workout than a nature tour. So after about 30 minutes of hard paddling, we turned around and let the wind push us back to the put in. When we got out, we noticed that the beach was covered in tiny crabs, so we sat and watched them creep out of their holes and then scurry back the moment they noticed us moving.
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