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My Anthem Emma Click the link to see Emma’s video!
The team launched Tuesday for a 3 day exploration on the White Oak River. They spent the majority of the day paddling and learning about the ecological habitat of the blackish river. The group stopped at Haywood landing for an early dinner and dip, and then enjoyed an evening paddle to their resting place, Long Point.
Wednesday, OBX woke up to a clear morning and a gorgeous paddle day. A great blue heron flew down river with them for a period of time. Expeditioners will spend the night at Stella Point, and then exit the river after a short paddle in the morning.
Everyone is having a fabulous time and working together great! OBX will spend tomorrow night on Harker’s Island in Otway preparing for their upcoming banks paddle!
Kayaks? Check! Life jackets? Check! Paddles? Check! Swim review? Check! Ready to hit the water? Check! Check! Check!
OBX session 1 has kicked off! Expeditioners were dropped off yesterday in Morehead City, NC where they gathered and met their leaders Allison, Mackenzie, and Richard. Once everyone had arrived, they ventured a little west to Cedar Point Campground. Here expeditions had its official opening, starting with the Green River tradition of an opening Respect Circle. Expeditioners and leaders discussed what makes a community and how they can all work together to ensure their expedition community is successful. Everyone’s input was phenomenal!
Today, Monday July 18, the group ventured to the Quarry Lakes on the White Oak River. Each individual was issued their personal kayak, life jacket, paddle, and paddling gear for the duration of the expedition. Basic kayaking skills and tips were reviewed in the morning and each expeditioner also participated in a swim review. The group will spend the afternoon paddling around the lakes, perfecting their skills, and more than likely playing a couple of games of ultimate frisbee kayak! The expeditioners will spend the night at the lakes and launch tomorrow morning for their 3 day trip along the White Oak River.
Overall- the weather is beautiful, the group is awesome, and everything is going great!
The highlight of the scouting trip for all of us was getting out on the water. Saturday, Allison and Stephen paddled from the town of Beaufort out to Shackleford Island and Cape Lookout. A total of 10 miles! Shackleford is the home to roughly 120 wild horses in addition to miles of shore and sea life. Allison, a marine science teacher, was able to point out multiple creatures along the paddle including a conch laying her eggs!
Phen and I took the ferry from Harker’s Island and met our rock-star paddlers on Cape Lookout. We all explored the seashore, Phen played in the sand (and ate some too!), and then we took the ferry back to Harker’s to conclude our day.
We still have a few spots open in OBX 3, and 1 spot remaining in OBX 2. Don’t wait to sign up – this is a trip you won’t want to miss.
The last session of the Outer Banks Expeditions started off very well with welcomes and introductions at the Shell Point. After lunch they visited the Cape Lookout Visitor Center. After arriving at the White Oak campground they gathered for the respect circle, just like at base camp, where they promise to respect themselves, each other and all living things. After dinner the talked about the Woodcraft Laws, had the talking shell ceremony and then did rose/bud/thorn.
On Wednesday they learned kayaking strokes and wet exits and then used those skills at a nearby lake. After lunch the expeditioners learned about primitive camping techniques then packed for the river trip. Thursday they paddled to Haywood and had lunch on the river. Before dinner they paddled again, but at dusk.
They paddled to Stella on Friday, planned menus and prepared for the Shackleford Banks trip. Early this morning they learned about tides, maps and compasses, visited the NC Maritime Museum and Bonehenge later in the afternoon. Tomorrow they will paddle to Shackleford.
So, did you know the OBX expeditioners can also have a Grand Slam? Well, they can and they did during Session 2. Can you name the four animals? They are:
1) Horseshoe crab
The last set of photos are are on the way in, so we’ll upload them when they arrive.
Thursday after a talk about the tides and maps and compasses they visited Bonehenge and the NC Maritime Museum where they were able to view the new Blackbeard exhibit. The evening program was about dolphins.
Due to storms in the area, the group delayed their paddle trip to Shackleford Banks. Instead they visited the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores.
Sunday they started the paddle trip to Shackleford which is an undeveloped island where wild horses roam freely. During this trip they’ll learn about maritime forest ecology, sea turtles and more about the feral horses.
Outer Banks Expeditions, Session 2, photos have been posted. You may view them via your CampIn Touch page.
According to Robin, one of the OBX leaders, session 2 is off to a great start! Opening day began with introductions and ice-breaker games at Shell Point followed by a visit to the Cape Lookout Visitor Center. Afterwards they traveled to their campground where just like at base camp, they formed a respect circle where they promised to respect themselves, respect each other and respect all living things. After dinner at the opening campfire they talked about the Woodcraft Laws, had the talking shell circle and sang the Sister/Brother song.
On Monday the expeditioners learned some important kayaking skills which they put into practice at a nearby lake. After lunch they talked about primitive camping techniques and then packed for their river trip. They also caught a fireworks display in town to celebrate July 4th.
On Tuesday the group paddled to Haywood, had lunch on the river and then enjoyed a night paddle. Today they paddled to Stella, planned menus and packed for Shackleford Banks. Tonight they will talk about their expectations for the trip.
(Photo cards will be mailed in twice per session. Once we receive them, we’ll upload the photos.)
After Monday’s campout at Stella, on Tuesday morning the expeditioners learned how to navigate with a map and compass in preparation for their upcoming paddle. After having lunch and spending the day packing for the Shackleford trip, they had a relaxing music night around the fire and closed the day with rose/bud/thorn.
Wednesday morning they ate breakfast and began their exciting paddle to Shackleford banks, which is a beautiful, undeveloped island where feral horses are free to roam. The horses are one of the main attractions to camping on Shackleford, and how the horses arrived on Shackleford is still a mystery today! When they reached Shackleford after their paddle across the ocean, the expeditioners had lunch followed by a shell scavenger hunt along the beach. After having the rest of the day to set up camp and explore the island, they then had dinner followed by rose/bud/thorn.
Thursday they paddled to Horsepen and when they stopped for lunch they had time for a siesta as well as time to write in their journals. After arriving at Horsepen, they learned about Maritime Forest Ecology, had a lesson about feral ponies, and also made shell necklaces out of home-made cordage. After dinner the expeditioners went on a night hike in the sound.
Friday morning they packed up and began a sunrise paddle to Cape Lookout. Once they reached Cape Lookout, the expeditioners went snorkeling and then got settled in to their campsite. After dinner they had a campfire on the beach and had a competition of who could light a fire with a single match!
Saturday the expeditioners had a relaxing rest-up morning at Cape Lookout and then had a Sea Turtle presentation, since Cape Lookout is known for their sea turtle studies program. After lunch, they had time to play on the beach and swim in the ocean.
Today they will set out on another paddling journey to Codd’s Creek and have primitive craft making activities along the way!