Friday, August 5, 2011

Ram Island & Swimming Rock

Put in at Esker Point Beach in Groton. Nice area, adjacent to "private" Long Point, which would be the best place of all to put in, provided that you're a millionaire, and you live there. Went out to take a look at Ram Island, and Swimming Rock. Very busy with power boat traffic, in the channel between Groton and Fisher's Island. I'd like to try for Fisher's sometime when there is less boat traffic, like the fall. Without boats, there is an easily manageable 1-2' chop, but the near-constant traffic in the channel keeps sending 3-4 footers.
Nearing Ram. wondered if I could beach for a minute & stretch my legs-guess again!  When I was about 100 yards off, I noticed a man in a humble skiff, a bit closer in than I. Several fierce dogs tore down to the water's edge, and barked furiously at him. Glad I didn't try it. Someone's really interested in preventing trespassing.

Mouse Island. Close into shore.

 This is either Swimming Rock, or Whale Rock. Tried not to disturb the cormorants.

 I stopped on this rock to stretch my legs. And pulled Bonehead Play Of The Summer. I'd found a little niche in the rocks, and pulled the 'yak what I thought was far enough up. Went to the other end to take this picture....and you guessed it......when I returned, the boat was 20 yards out! Dove in after it, with camera in non-watertight PFD pocket. Considered tring to get in, but instead swam back to the rock, pulling the boat, very thankful when I felt a rock underfoot.
Went back out in the direction of The Dumplings, coming closer than I had before, but the water was getting bigger, and rain threatening, so I chickened out.
I managed to dry the memory card out enough to upload this pics, but the camera is probably shot. No biggie, since I was very lucky twice today, first when someone else discovered the canine residents of Ram Island, and again when I got back to my kayak.

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