Angle to Key West: Tides (4/13)

Georgia Girl

Past Hilton Head, SC – April 13, 2013

I don’t trust the water on the inside. It shifts too much and the tides are strong along the Georgia Bight, that long, inland curve on the southeast coast.

The sea rises ten feet in an afternoon. It covers football fields of dry land and turns calm marshes into rivers. It drops away into mud flats and oyster beds. Beaches appear and vanish.

Water seems to flow in every direction through too many channels to understand. A thousand arteries connect the inlets and bays, flushing in and out from all sides, filling and draining pools, pushing and pulling at the same time.

It feels like a maze that never stops shifting no matter how long I stare at a map. Sometimes it’s with me and sometimes against. I never know until I go, limping or flying through the salt marshes, never trusting the water for more than a bend.

3 thoughts on “Angle to Key West: Tides (4/13)

  1. And here I thought the inter-coastal areas would be easier to deal with than the Atlantic edge itself. Such a complex matrix you describe! Good illustration of how “the map is not the territory”!

  2. a wonderful description of our inland waterways…and then when you throw in the winds which push or pull you …. but they are magnificent and I love to paddle in them with their wildlife everywhere you look…..

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