Saturday, December 16, 2006

12/16/2006 – Three Mile Creek (Delta)

Launch: Cloverleaf Boat Ramp.
Launch Fee: $4.
Route: About 3 miles southwest down the Tensaw River to Threemile Creek (not to be confused with the Threemile Creek that runs through Prichard), then on the return trip, go north into Cable Creek, then return to the launch site.
Distance: 13.5 miles round trip.
Average Speed: 3.1 mph.
Time: Approx 4.5 hrs.
Pace: Leisurely.
Weather: Temps 60s to low 70s, calm to variable winds, and sunny. Days like this were made for kayaking!

1) Conditions were very pleasant as I started paddling southwest into the Tensaw River at the split with the Apalachee River. 

2) Just north of the entrance of Threemile Creek, this lady was proudly showing off her catfish.

3) Temperatures were perfect, the water was slick and I had just passed the only two boats I’d see for the day. I love the winters in Mobile!

4) This hawk appeared to be keeping a keen eye out for food.

5) At the entrance to Cable Creek, an Osprey Eagle was squawking up a storm because I invaded its territory.

6) The rich greens of fall have given way to the toasty browns of winter.

7) Back out on the Tensaw River sits the Delta Explorer on the shoreline of Blakeley Park. Using twin Honda 130 boat motors, the Delta Explorer takes groups of people on 2-hour guided tours.

8) As the sun gets lower on the horizon, the colors take on a reddish-orange hue.

9) The colorful sunset tints are even more noticeable on the bluff just north of Blakeley Park. 

10) After taking in another deep breath of the cooling evening air, I exhale, “Ahhhhhh, life is good.” Hope your kayaking trips on this day were as beautiful.

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