Destination: Across Mobile Bay to Fairhope and back.
Weather: Ideal conditions.
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Caution: I would not advise undertaking this trip unless you have plenty of open water experience and are capable of 20+ mile kayak trips. It is 10.4 miles crossing (one way) from McNally Park to Fairhope Pier.
|1) Water temperatures are good, tides were good, forecast was good and I felt like burning some calories while listening to Sunday morning Jazz.|
|2) On the water at sunrise. Nice!|
|3) Had to slow down for a barge in the ship channel on the way over to Fairhope. Interesting name for the tugboat.|
|4) Got to see another ship on the way back as it was heading up the ship channel toward Mobile (the city skyline barely visible on the horizon).|
|5) The slick waters on the bay made for a wonderful mesmerizing trip over to Fairhope as the clouds were flowingly distorted on the water's surface.|
|6) On the way back across the bay the winds were 0 mph. Open water kayaking conditions just do not get any better than this.|
|7) Cute little family of geese by the Fairhope Pier. Oil booms can be seen in the background. There were no booms near the Fairhope beach.|
|8) A seagull up close.|
|10) Brown and white pelicans, terns, herons, ibis, ruddy turnstones, egrets, gulls, and more can be seen around Gaillard Island. It is a birder's paradise.|
|12) I asked if I could just paddle over it and he no problem, so to the right I went. It was easy to paddle over the oil boom.|