Sunday, March 16, 2008

5 miles or so

A strange hazy-humid and very warm day yesterday invited me out to stretch my paddling muscles (in need of more exercise) and visit the bayou as it goes into springtime. The water is still cool, but the birds are making a lot more noise, and the air feels great.
The tide was high and I was able to explore a new place in the bayou, in past what I call redfish cove, branching out from the fishing hole, which is a big open spot in the bayou as it goes out to the gulf where you often see several boats. It's amazing how many new places there are to find! I came back after sunset, not even noticing the partial moon straight above my head. I thought it was the glow in the western sky that provided the small bit of light that I needed.
Once again I noticed how un-scary the water is, in daylight and in dark. But I need to remind myself to be prepared for any circumstance, such as always having all supplies (paddle float, pump, flashlight, small spare paddle, etc.) with me. It is definitely nice to have full storage facilities back where the kayak lives. I should keep a set of shorts/t-shirt available so EVERYTHING is there to go by on a whim and paddle at any time... after work, morning, evening... the days are much longer now and there is more time available. Yesterday was a gloriously long day! I feel like today is a bonus day for the weekend.


frogcollector said...

Fantastic photo - what a way to start your day!!!! Just recently started blogging and have loved kayaking for many years. Your comments about kayaking sound like I could have written them. Keep kayaking! Feel free to visit me at My husband is the photography person and we will hopefully soon be adding our Vermont pictures too.

Anna said...

Thanks frogcollector. Your site has some neat stuff and interesting thoughts on kayaking and life. Happy kayaking in the north! I'll check back for Vermont pictures.