I did something really cool today. The Maryland Coastal Bays Program that I love so much opened their canoe, kayak, and paddle board stand at the Assateague Island National Seashore to the public today for a few hours. Of course I jumped at the opportunity to paddle around the Sinepuxent Bay with a few other eco-enthusiasts and water-adventurers. Most of the paddlers were just testing out the kayaks and boards since they were camping at the park.
While I was out cruising in the open waters, I spotted this gorgeous jelly fish. Quite possibly the prettiest jelly I have EVER seen! Trust me, I've seen plenty of jellies while living on the coast and visiting the waters on a daily basis. I've never seen one with such striking colors before. Even neater - it was about 3 feet long! This fish is beautiful but I'm sure it packs a hurtful sting. I wasn't about to find out, but I did follow it around for a while to snap these pictures.
Here are a few photos of others that followed the coast line behind me.
The Maryland Coastal Bay Program runs a rental stand out of the National Park. All proceeds from rentals go towards funding the nonprofit program. The stand actually only opens next weekend and will remain open until mid-October.
The Maryland Coastal Bays Program is committed to restoring and protecting the bays on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. We are so lucky to live in a supportive community that cares about our environment. Without the help of this organization, our bays and oceans would be no where as beautiful as they are today.
After a beautiful afternoon of kayaking around the bay, Sweet Cheeks even showed up to say 'hello'! I saw this 'gal 2 days in a row. Maybe she's as fond as me as I am of her?
Pretty cool day, right? I'll keep you posted on more of my kayaking adventures on the east coast. I encourage everyone who lives in my area to grab a kayak, canoe, or paddle board and explore our coastline as often as possible. It's amazing to see our local ecosystems thriving. Thanks to the Coastal Bays Program for offering such great events and protecting our water ways! Hope you had a glorious day!