On Saturday, June 9th, I stood on the beach at Mayo Beach park and watched 58 people take off in kayaks and one canoe, as they started their trip up to South River Farm Park. It was wonderful to see so many people come out and explore the river. This particular Saturday, was the Grand Finale of our 2nd Annual South River Days Celebration. The Federation started this event last year because we wanted to have a week where it was all about connecting and celebrating the South River. During this week, the Federation hosted a variety of events from a volunteer project at Camp Woodlands, to a general meeting with Doug Lashley, to oyster drops, and finally on Saturday a kayak trip, wade-in, and picnic. Wow what a week, but it was so worth it!
A big thank you goes out to Anne Arundel Recreation and Parks for hosting the day at Mayo Beach Park. This was my first time to the park not only was it beautiful, but it was the perfect location for a kayak trip. Located right at the mouth of the South River, the park looks out onto the Chesapeake Bay. It never ceases to amaze me how lucky we are to live in and around such a great area. If you have any questions regarding the park, please visit their website for more information. We appreciate all of their staff support in making this a super successful day. We could not have asked for a better day.
As the group explored the river, volunteers were busy setting up for the picnic--thank you to My Butcher & More, Annapolis Canoe & Kayak, Starbucks of Edgewater, Bruster's, DoubleTree Hotel, and of course our volunteers for all of your donations and support of the picnic. After a workout on the river, it was so nice to welcome everyone back with hotdogs, hamburgers, cookies, and of course ice cream! Not a bad way to spend a Saturday.
To wrap up the day South RiverKEEPER, Diana Muller, lead a group of people into the river for a Senator Bernie Fowler Style wade-in, an activity that makes us see how far we can go into the river before we lose sight of our feet. This may not be the most scientific experiment, but it does make you stop and think if you can only go up to your ankles before you lose sight of your feet. This year, we registered 27.5 inches before losing sight of our toes. Let's work towards clearing 30 inches next year for our wade-in. I look forward to the day where I stand chest deep in the water and can still see my toes.
Thank you again to everyone who came out and made this week so special!
Don't miss our next community kayak trip and picnic on Saturday, October 20th!