Autumn leaves mean different things to different people, but virtually everyone appreciates them at some level. The red, yellow, and orange foliage may be God’s way of rewarding us for putting up with the heat and the bugs of summer - which are so necessary for growing and pollinating the fruits and vegetables that sustain us all.
While summer has its own beauty, autumn can be visibly savored. And that’s exactly what we’re going to do on Saturday, November 19 at Turners Creek Landing. At the Sassafras River Association, we call it our “Fall Colors Paddle”, and this year we’re joining up with the Sassafras Environmental Education Center and the Kent County Parks and Recreation Department for a joint paddling event.
Turners Creek is spectacular this time of year, and we’ll paddle in the calm waters through a vast array of beautiful surroundings. Then we’ll ease around the bend of Sassafras Natural Resources Management Area along the Sassafras shoreline to the tidal pond. We’ll explore the unusual beauty of the pond, then build a fire on the beach and roast hot dogs for the hearty souls who are lucky enough – and brave enough – to join us.
In addition to the fall foliage, we’ll likely be rewarded with sights of Canada Geese, wild turkeys, blue herons, bald eagles, and sandy beaches. The famous chronicler and cartographer of the SassafrasRiver, Captain John Smith, no doubt witnessed the same sights when he met and traded with the Tockwogh Indians a little over 400 years ago. Perhaps the serenity and beauty of the Sassafras is why the Tockwoghs were described by Captain Smith as such a gentle, friendly people.
Our unique outdoor experience will be from 11 AM until 1 PM, and there are still a few slots available. Anyone who would like to join us, please email me by noon on Friday, Nov. 18th at firstname.lastname@example.org , or call 410-275-1400. Hope you can join us!
Captain Emmett Duke