Last Friday evening I did something I've never done before. I was in Virginia Beach visiting my friend and author, Cheryl R. Lane and her husband, Larry, who is also my first cousin.
Right down from Little Island State Park, which is my one of my favorite places to go is the Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge and False Cape State Park.
We decided we wanted to try kayaking, so we met the others at the visitor's center at Back Bay. You can only get to False Cape through Back Bay, the water, and coming in from the North Carolina side. We took the "Blue Goose Express" through Back Bay to the shore in False Cape where the kayaks went in to the water.
We were a little nervous, not sure what to expect. We put on life jackets and picked out our kayaks and away we went. At first we kept bumping into each other, but we soon got the hang of it. We saw a water moccasin, a bald eagle, and puddle ducks.
The guide Vicki, demonstrated how a mallow, which is in the hibiscus family, is edible. Cheryl tried it, but I passed. We took a rest on the shore halfway through and I saw a very big loblolly pine, which is mentioned in my book a few times. It was all very beautiful and peaceful, and the three guides were very knowledgeable and it was obvious that they loved their jobs. The sunset was gorgeous. We plan on going again next year. Maybe next time we'll try the early morning expedition.