Launch Cost: Free.
Route: North through Big Bateau Bay to Red Maple Slough and then back via Conway Creek.
Distance: 8.6 miles round trip.
Average Speed: 2.8 mph.
Time: Approx 3 hrs.
Weather: Sunny, temperature 75-80 degrees, winds were out of the west northwest 5-15 mph. Waters were high, tide was rising and there was no noticeable current.
|1) This was a Mobile Bay Canoe and Kayak Club trip led by Harriet and Fritz. Despite the name, the only thing left at the River Docs launch site is a dirt parking lot.|
|2) Over a dozen kayakers were excited to start the trip on this nice warm sunny Spring-like day.|
|3) Two seagulls intently watch the parade of colorful kayaks float by.|
|4) The kayak parade as seen from the seagull’s perspective.|
|5) This was taken near the entrance of Conway Creek.|
|6) The group enters Big Bateau Bay.|
|7) Everyone takes a brief break on the west edge of Big Bateau Bay.|
|8) Fritz’s neon green shirt reflects brightly on the dark narrow waters of Red Maple Slough.|
|9) There was very little red in the red maple trees – it will be about another week before they are in full color. No one really cared though because they were enjoying the camaraderie with other kayakers on a beautiful spring day. Great trip!|
|10) Trip Track.|
The February sunshine steeps your boughs and tints the buds and swells the leaves within. -William C. Bryant