Launch Cost: Free.
Route: West out Brynes Lake, across the Tensaw River to Gravine Island Sandbar for a break. Then northwest toward Mobile River, then north into Big Briar Creek up to the first tributary to the right, then returned to launch site.
Distance: 11.1 miles round trip.
Average Speed: 3.1 mph.
Time: Approx. 3.5 hrs.
Weather: 65-70 degrees, sunny, and light winds.
|1) Taken from the top of the sand on Gravine Island.|
|2) A variety of Lichen blankets limbs of trees.|
|3) The palmetto plants provide a bit of green in an otherwise drab environment.|
|4) The waters were slick on Briar Creek Tributary.|
|5) A variety of Lichen blankets limbs of trees.|
|6) The sun lowers on the horizon on the trip back, only to be hidden by the trees later on.|
|7) A rather interesting tree structure.|
|8) Several times, the otter would pop up on the right bank ahead of me, then slowly cross the creek on an intersecting course.|
|9) As I got closer, the otter would slap its tail and disappear under the water, only to pop up on the right bank again to repeat the game.|
|10) On Byrnes Lake, an otter darts out in front of me.|
So ends a year of great kayaking adventures on the Mobile area waterways. I look forward to breaking in 2007 on the waters. Hope to see you out there next year.
Happy New Year!
Nature is the greatest teacher and I learn from her best when others are asleep. In the still dark hours before sunrise God tells me of the plans I am to fulfill.
-George Washington Carver