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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Sunday, July 27th 2014 - Richmond to Hatcher Island

We woke up this morning to some heavy storms, which postponed our start for the day. After we waited out the storm, the group enjoyed a breakfast of granola, fruit, and yogurt. Then we broke down the soaked tents and equipment and went to launch the first canoeing portion of the expedition. After the first three miles of paddling, the group stopped on a beach for lunch. Then the expedition continued with the last ten mile stretch of the day, where we passed the famous Jimmy Dean’s estate, the port of Richmond and Chesterfield Power Station, the largest coal power plant in the state. 

Wow, that's a lot of gear.  Believe it or not, the team can make it all fit in their seven canoes!
Paddling away from the launch at Ancarrow's Landing in Richmond
Zach and Alice paddling with smiles
What a great way to wind down from a long day's paddle!

Finally after several long hours of canoeing we reached Hatcher Island. We were greeted by our gracious host, Ron and his friends. There we unpacked and set up camp, on the island, overlooking the man-made lagoon. Several of us enjoyed the waterslide on the property, and all of us enjoyed a fantastic dutch-oven meal prepared by Ron and his friends. It included ginger chicken, parsley potatoes, black bean salad, garlic bread, rice, and three types of cobbler. After dinner we set up for bed and went to sleep after a very long day.

- Dylan and JW

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