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Washington, ME
United States


100 Day Project (2018)

Ocean Sprout

Jlynn Frazier


Location:  Sheepscot River

Weather:  Sunny, breezy, low to mid 50’s

Observation:  Just the two of us, paddling the Sheepscot on a sunny, breezy day. It was quiet, but the tidal currents and headwind kept us working it all afternoon.

Since the tide was going out, the water was low and we could only see the sides of the bank and increasing amount of mud flats. Since we couldn’t see what was up above us, we decided to make a pit stop to get to higher ground and look out across at the grass, get our feet nice and muddie, and pause at the rocks to look down at the river below (and our canoe).

Highlights of the trip: seeing two bald eagles soaring. And that moment when the eagle flew straight overhead was pretty awesome. We watched as sandpipers nibbling at the muddy flats while the tide was low. But the most exciting sight was “Ocean Sprout.” That’s the name Jared exclaimed as a seal came up for air and was swimming along 10-12 feet from our canoe. We kept looking hoping for another close encounter, but it didn’t happen. I was so excited that I mistook a buoy as a potential seal later on. Oh well, it gave us a good laugh.