We awoke on our James River Expedition pontoon boat after a wonderful night docked at Rocketts Landing. We had a delayed start due to the triathlon that was taking place outside our boat. It was a nice moment, though, to listen to the Star Spangled Banner in the misty morning light with the Richmond City skyline in the background. We packed the canoes with all our gear and were finally underway by 10 am.
Paddling our canoes was a challenge as we learned to work with our partners to steer and maneuver the canoes, especially since we are still just getting to know each other. Riding the wakes formed by the passing speed boats was fun, but we wished they would slow down more when they passed us! We passed the Port of Richmond and watched a cargo ship unloading sand. This is definitely a commercial section of the river and the litter shows it. We counted 153 tires on the river banks along a 10 mile stretch of river.
|That's a big barge! Watching the action at the Port of Richmond|
|Chesterfield Power Station, also known by the Expedition as "The Cloud Factory"|
|Letty and Nik enjoying a moment off the river|
|Laura checks out our sweet campsite from her perch above Hatcher Island|
|Our reporters hard at work!|
-Cathy, Valentina, and Hunter