Sunday, February 25, 2007

02/25/2007 – Red Maple Slough

Launch: North side of the Causeway at the old River Docs.
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.
Pace: Leisurely.
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

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