The temperature in Joppa was hovering around 90 degrees, with the heat index climbing into the upper 90s, but that did not stop Brian Miller, of Bel Air, from enjoying a kayak ride down the Gunpowder River from Route 40 to Mariner Point Park.

"There's really no way of beating the heat; it's just how you want to enjoy it," Miller observed as he disembarked from his kayak in a shady spot at Mariner Point.

Many area residents seemed to agree, as Harford County's southern beaches and boating areas stayed busy Sunday with people partaking in all kinds of activities on the water.

The mercury had dipped a little since Saturday, but the National Weather Service still called for heat indexes around 102 degrees for the waterfront areas of Joppatowne and Edgewood.


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For Steve Walsh, of Baltimore, heat is just a fact of life in Central Maryland. He was on the water at Edgewood's Flying Point Park doing a more unusual sport: paddleboarding.

"It's a fun activity; it's peaceful," he said, adding he does not mind the heat.

"It's summer and it's Baltimore, and if you are expecting it to be Maine, you are living in the wrong part of the world," Walsh pointed out.

He said he lost power for four days after the storm last weekend and does not have central air conditioning, but Walsh seemed to take the heat and outages in stride, noting his neighborhood pool stayed open.

Walsh was also enjoying the trip to Flying Point.

"It's just a nice, calm, pleasant area," he said. "It's nice to catch a bald eagle occasionally."

Walsh had brought his daughter, Hannah, for her first time paddleboarding somewhere besides the ocean.

Unlike her father, she was less fond of the heat.

"He invited me out and I didn't really want to go because it was hot," Hannah Walsh said with a smile, but said she enjoyed the outing.

"It was nice. It's really peaceful," she said. "You can splash yourself if it's getting hot."

The Walshes seemed to be the only paddleboarders out in the mid-afternoon heat, but Flying Point Park was filled with people fishing, boating, jet-skiing and just swimming.

Valerie Dehaven, of Edgewood, was overseeing a group of relatives who were unloading a pair of jet skis.

She said the group comes to the water "every chance we get," and was not especially fazed by the heat.

"The heat doesn't bother me like it would most, but this definitely is a way to beat the heat," Dehaven said about jet-skiing.

"You will definitely get wet on one of these," she said. "This is just our first time out this year with them."

Chuck and Lona Thomas, also of Edgewood, were in their swimsuits on the beach at Flying Point, relaxing with their dog, Cashmere, who was also having fun getting wet.