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Saturday, July 16, 2011

Fighting the Tidal

Passing A Large Barge Near the Channel
Day 21, July 15th

Today we took on our second day on the Tidal James. Well rested from our comfortable night at the Chesterfield Power Plant log cabin, we were all looking forward to a ten mile paddle. Along the way, the group spotted a huge group of catfish jumping extremely close to the boats on the right bank of the river shortly after passing Henricus. We continued to make our way to the Presquille National Wildlife Refuge. At the refuge we had a chance to talk to Patrick, an architect with Watershed Architects (who are building the new educational center on the island). He told us how he has taken efforts to conserve, or stay green, in his construction. He also strongly believes that “smaller is better” when it comes to building and reusing what is already on the land. We also had a chance to speak with Daniel, a SCA (Student Conservation Association) intern, who told us about the program that helps to clean up parks and wildlife areas.
After a nice lunch the team was able to nap and get some deep relaxation that was well deserved. A few of us took the opportunity to walk out to the boardwalk in the refuge’s wetlands. We were then faced with the challenge of paddling another five miles against the incoming tide. After arriving at Weston Plantation we quickly unloaded boats and setup camp. We enjoyed a delicious dinner of curry with a generous donation of soda and brownies from the Lower James Riverkeeper, Chuck. We ended the day with s’mores and ghost stories over the fire before hitting the sack to relieve our tired muscles.
Written By: Rebecca Henderson (Bethel High School) 
Kelvin Tyler (Open High School) 

Rainbow Cloud Display

Impromptu Spa Treatment At Presquille

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