Shipmates came together on a 100-degree Sunday to perform community service to one of the gems in Hampton - the Newmarket Creek. A dozen scouts launched kayaks and rowboats to remove litter from this remote recreational waterway. After a short safety briefing, they launched from the floating dock at the Air Power park. Wonderful folks opened the back door to make access to the bathrooms and water much easier. We had a great surprise when the Council VP of Program, David Singletary came by to help. In all, we removed about 20 pounds of garbage from about 1 mile of waterway. I think we'll do this again, when it's not quite so HOT!
We all needed a break from the record breaking July temperatures. What better way than going on a relaxed float trip in cold water of the upper James river. Many thanks to James River Runners for exceeding all expectations. Make a note that no GPS will get you to the right place. Bridges that are out and inaccessible ferries make the trip interesting, at least for the hour while we figured it out. Note: always follow the directions provided by the outfitter.