Thursday, February 24, 2011

02/24/2011 - Eastern Shore Mobile Bay

Launch: Volanta Avenue right of way access (next to Fairhope Yacht Club)
Launch Cost: Free
Destination: Fly Creek and Mobile Bay
Distance: Approx 9 miles (round trip)
Paddle time: 2-1/2 hours
Weather: 65-70 degrees, cloudy becoming sunny. Winds 10-15 mph. Tide and current were minimal.

I picked up the replacement Mirage Adventure hull from Hobie at Fairhope Boat Company this afternoon and couldn't wait to test it out. If you want to buy a kayak from a company that stands behind their kayaks, you should buy a Hobie! I love the fact that this stable pedal kayak goes faster than a narrower paddle kayak.

1) It was totally cloudy at launch and a bit breezy out of the southeast. The horizon began to brighten down by Point Clear.

2) During the pedal trip, the clouds gave way to blue sky.

3) The new Hobie Adventure hull performed wonderfully in light choppy seas. Even though I was soaked from crashing waves, the inside of the hull was dry.

4) Under the Fly Creek Cafe sign it says, "Find Your Happy Place." Sitting in the seat of the Hobie Adventure is definitely one of my happy places. :) Hope you find your happy place.

5) A dog appeared out of thin air and about scared the poop out of me.

6) I later saw how the dog appeared out of thin air...

7) Pelicans hang out near the entrance to Fly Creek.

8) A lazy time for this pelican.

9) Odd looking clouds.

10) Sunset on Mobile Bay with the Fairhope Pier in the background.

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