Saturday, May 21, 2005

05/21/2005 – Buzbee's Moonlight Club Paddle

Launch: Buzbee’s. Launch Fee: $3. Route: West into Bay Minette Basin, up Yancy Bay till kayakers were slinging up mud, back down Yancy Bay, then across to Blakeley River for a sunset break and then back to Buzbees in the moonlight. Distance: 5.7 miles. Average Speed: Approx 3.0 mph. Time: Approx 2 hrs. Pace: Leisurely. Weather: It was rather warm to begin with, but nice, calm, and sunny. Moon was clearly visible in the daylight.

(1) Above left. About a dozen kayakers participated in the rather warm evening for a moonlight paddle. Since there was no wind, waters were very slick. Off into the glaring sunlight we went. (2) Above right. Further into Bay Minette Basin, waters narrowed. It was us kayakers churning up the slick waters.

(3) Above left. The moon rose before the sun went down. Pete, an Engineer and Surveyor with Driven Engineering, in the orange kayak, was enjoying his first kayak outing with the club. (4) Above right. You may recognize some familiar faces, like Dick and Marilyn, Larry, Brint, and Linda.

(5) Above left. The group, led by Bob Andrews, continued up Yancy Bay until it got too shallow to continue. (6) Above right. We took a break to watch the sunset from the vantage point of Blakeley River before heading back to Buzbees in the moonlight. It was perfect weather for an evening paddle.

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