Start: 6:45 AM - Petit Bois Island
Finish: 1:30 PM - Little Dauphin Island (entrance to Mobile Bay)
Daily dist: 26 miles
Total dist: 1,302 miles
Companions: Rob from the Mobile kayaking club
Weather: Gentle breeze and warm
Notes: Took paddling jacket off for the first time in the trip.
Today was about as close to a text book perfect day as I could have imagined. The wind that was blowing so strong yesterday wore itself out over night leaving a dead calm morning with glassy smooth water in it’s place. As I slipped my boat into the water the sound of a pod of dolphins feeding in the channel to the west caught my attention and I paused for a moment to enjoy the sight of a half dozen of them working together to hunt for fish.
In town we caught up with Tracy who is the kayak club president that helped coordinate my meeting with everyone as well as Nick who I paddled with yesterday. Nick thought it’d be worth the not so long drive over from Ocean Springs to meet Tracy and some of the local paddlers right along with me. It was good to see a now familiar face again and I’m glad he made the drive. We had an excellent dinner and I had a chance to learn a bit more about the local paddling scene and get to know a sampling of the core of the paddling community.