Carolyn Welch was an octogenarian friend who invited me along with her companions to a kayaking trip to Crow Island, Merepoint Bay. I gladly agreed. Even though I was scheduled to have hip surgery just a few days later due to complications, kayaking proved easy for me and the excursion was very manageable. She planned to leave from Mere Point Boat Launch at the southern end Merepoint Neck, Brunswick.
Carolyn is extremely organized and well-planned on her trips. It was a beautiful day with perfect weather. She planned to take an incoming tide to Crow Island, North Carolina in the morning. Then she would return to Crow Island on an outgoing tide. Mere Point Boat Launch has the best facilities, construction and parking.
An assembled team of paddlers gathers on the ramp to Mere Point Boat Launch. Photo credit: Ron Chase
Since the launch opened over a decade ago, I have been using Mere Point Boat Launch to launch kayaks. I have always gathered with boat owners to load up and unload my kayaks on the ramps. It’s absurd to think that anyone would do this. A separate zone for loading and unloading kayaks was designated about 100 meters from the water. Since motorized watercraft owners could use the ramps, it was a discriminatory option that I chose to ignore.
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