Drying Out

We have been in the rain for a couple days and everything is soaking wet. We decided to go back to the house for the night and dry everything then start at dawn the next day. My wife picked up John and I at the boat ramp. Nina and Carmen come down to help secure the canoe and unload the gear. As we begin to unload, Nina comments that we smell like dirty, wet dogs. I try to give my daughter a hug and she says no because I smell and need a shower, clean clothes before any hugs.
I tell her, “What you smell Carmen, is the smell of discovery.” She tells me she’s not buying it and I still need a shower.
Even though there has been some rainy days lately, we have been able to keep to the schedule. We have finished Virginia today and entered into West Virginia. It looks like I will be able to keep to my original finish of Sunday, May 3 at the Potomac Wayside probably around 4pm.
The Potomac Wayside is where one takes out of the Potomac. The parking lot for the Wayside is located at the Route 340 bridge crossing the Potomac River from Maryland to Virginia. The parking lot and take out is on the Virginia side.
On this journey, I have seen some great scenery and wildlife. I have also seen lots of trash along the way and picked up what I could. It would be nice if everyone could be responsible with there trash but I guess there will always be those few people who don’t care. The river we play in, fish in, float on, farm with and drink from is all we have and its condition needs to improve since we depend on it.
The photo is of Bullskin Run just before it reaches the Shenandoah River. It is raining at the time but with an umbrella, I am able to do some, but limited, photography.

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