Distance: Approx 6 miles
Route: Up Gunnison Creek to just past Interstate 65 and back.
Average Speed: 2.7 mph.
Weather: Sunny, 55-60 degrees, calm conditions.
Today I led a kayak club paddle up Gunnison Creek and had the pleasure of padding with Ryan, her mom Randi, and Kristen, all three from Bay Minette, and Tom, and John. Hope I’m spelling names right.
|1) Kristen and Ryan take the lead up Gunnison Creek in ideal kayaking conditions.|
|2) John and Tom look at a small paddle wheel boat.|
|3) Everyone was enjoying a pleasant deep blue sky day.|
|4) It didn’t look like there were very many homes on this creek based on looking at Google. Must have been an old image – there were a lot of homes along Gunnison Creek.|
|5) Randi looks at another paddle wheel boat – we saw 3 on this trip.|
|6) Kristen eyes the creek banks for wildlife which we didn’t see much of except for a few turtles. The water had a slight green tint to it and I was surprised how clear it was. We also noticed that there were Red Maples starting to put out color.|
|9) A couple of shortcuts were taken on the way back. Gunnison Creek has a several splits in it, some leading quickly to dead ends, others merely loops.|
Thankfully no one went swimming today. Rising air temperatures can promote kayaking in t-shirts or other light clothing. It is important though, to remember the water temperature doesn’t change rapidly like air temperature. A boater drowned in the Tensaw River today. Be careful out there!