Launch Cost: Free (except for rental).
Route: East on Sardine Pass, North up Blakeley River, South southwest down the Apalachee River to Whiskey Ditch and back.
Distance: 9 miles.
Average Speed: 2.6 mph.
Time: Approx 3.5 hrs.
Weather: Cloudy to Sunny with temps 80s. Minimal Tides, winds out of the south 10-15 miles turning calm after the clouds moved out.
|1) 5-Rivers Outfitters facility.|
|2) Forecast called for thunderstorms and the skies at starting time were filled with heavy clouds. Winds kicked up significantly during the first hour of paddling.|
|3) The clouds sped off toward the horizon on the east.|
|4) Towering plants in the pea family were in bloom all along the banks.|
|5) By the time I made it to Whiskey Ditch Basin, the conditions were ideal.|
|6) One of my favorite wildflowers, the Fen Rose, was in bloom in Whiskey Ditch.|
|7) Grass spikes stopped swaying as the winds calmed down.|
|8) On the way back, conditions were still perfect in a little cut north of Justin’s Bay off the Blakeley River.|
|9) That’s me in a Necky Eskia rental kayak. Hard to believe it has been over a year since I have been kayaking.|
|10) This kayaker was testing out a Native Watercraft canoe to see how comfortable it was to fish out of.|