Distance: Approx 20 miles.
Route: Paddle down Dog River to Halls Mill Creek. Paddle up Halls Mill Creek to about a third of a mile shy of Demetropolis Road and back.
Pace: Mostly leisurely except North of I-10.
Average Speed: 2.5 mph.
Weather: Mostly cloudy with three quick rain showers, 60-70 degrees, winds calm, even in the rains. The tide was high. Current came into play north of I-10 when it was 1-2 mph.
I did choose a rainy day to paddle Halls Mill Creek. Wanted to compare the trash volume in Halls Mill Creek with that of upper Dog River.
|1) There were periods of sun and the waters were smooth all day.|
|2) Some wildflowers, shrubs, and trees are doing their thing.|
|3) Got to see an Eagle today, something which is a very rare sight around here.|
|4) Also saw several big Herons, this one seen cleaning trash from it's feathers.|
|5) This insect type thing attached to a twig was odd looking.|
|6) Another odd thing was this turtle that was swimming it's little heart out against the current under the I-10 bridge. It picked up its head to breathe, saw the kayak, and disappeared.|
|7) Cherokee Roses were abundant along the sides of Halls Mill Creek.|
|8) Some kind of grass seeds that were still wet from a previous shower.|
|9) Do you know how many different species of Lichens there are? If you ever want to identify a lichen, click here.|
|10) Azaleas are coming into bloom on Dog River. Disregard the trash.|
|12) On a ditch that parallels I-10, another type of trash became dominant. I wonder if the fact that there is a Wal-Mart less than a mile from this spot might be a factor in the type of trash seen in this photo?|
|13) This is Dog River in a natural state after rain.|
Our water and what is in it is interconnected to our state of health. Cheers! Drink up!