By:Peter, Aaron, Rosie—
The third day of our longboat voyage awoke at the luxuriously late hour of 8:00. The day had been set aside with the initial plan to explore the beautiful Cypress Island, a much needed rest day. Breakfast was similarly extravagant with fried potatoes, scrambled eggs and apple juice.
We set out from our camp at Cypress Head, a peninsula shaped campground that nearly becomes an island during high tide, on the Cypress Head Trail. A small group split off to return with Captain Soso to watch over the boat. The remainder of us continued to the Old Airfield Trail which wandered through a former airstrip that is now part of a forest reclamation project. From there we continued to the Bradberry Lake Trail and arrive at Bradberry Lake.
Our arduous climb was compensated with a gorgeous view of the inland lake. After taking water samples and temperature recordings we sat down for a snack. Many of us were struck by the dryness of the ecosystem surrounding the lake, the soil appeared dry and cracking in places.
Upon returning we were greeted by a lunch of hummus and pita bread. Some of us took the time to swim and explore the tide pools while others settled in for a nap.
We ended the day with bean and rice burritos, AGAIN, and turned in for an early evening.