Launch Fee: $4, but no one was there to collect.
Route: Pumphouse Canal to log jam at RR Track Crossing and back.
Distance: 10.4 miles.
Average Speed: 2.0 mph.
Pace: Slow to still.
Weather: Sunny, 65 degrees, winds out of the south, small craft advisory.
Was going to try and make the club paddle today but the leader did not give a start time. We were required to call for that privileged information. I called this morning and got voice mail. We can’t go on a club paddle if the leader won’t give the start time and won’t answer the phone.
Since there was suppose to be a small craft advisory today, I decided to paddle the Pumphouse Canal which is always unaffected by strong south winds.
|1) The tide was coming in so the treated sewage was going upstream. The treated sewage is that green stuff coming out of the pipe.|
|2) Once in the Pumphouse Canal, the waters turned a muddy brown as it gets water from Mobile River.|
|3) The turtles were out but no alligator sightings today.|
|4) The birds were out in force today and for once I had the binoculars. Sure glad I didn’t go on the club paddle. There were songs of joy and courtship in the air. Click here to hear a short audio clip of the Red Winged Black Birds. Today I saw Osprey, Vultures, Sparrows, Warblers, Doves, Catbirds, Mockingbirds, Cardinals, Kingfishers, Pelicans, Terns, Ducks, and more.|
|5) There was a truck going down the railroad though. There was no getting beyond this bridge due to the log jam.|
|6) On the way back, conditions on the Pumphouse Canal were still calm.|
|8) Swampy green creek banks had little crabs doing their dirty work who would hide every time you came in for a closer look.|
|9) Sunset on the Pumphouse Canal.|
|10) Moonrise on Chickasaw Creek. A most enjoyable paddle.|