Saturday, June 29, 2013
Kayak Hike - Day of the Alligator Gar
Distance: Estimated 6 miles Rating: 5/5
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Conditions: Mostly cloudy to Partly cloudy. Wind: light & variable Water level higher than normal due to recent rains. Very warm & humid.
Kayaking with the 'Bro'. First time we have launched at Cooter's Pond in a while without being run out by thunderstorms. Had a great day of kayak-exploring. Glenn did a little fishing with spin casting reel. I did not bring fly-fishing or spinning gear this trip.
We explored along the bank from the launch ramp to RTJ Golf course. A "finger" of the Alabama River goes under a bridge at RTJ and almost all the way to I-65 (you can hear traffic near the end of the slough). The giant slough has many acres of lily-pads. So many that it would be easy to think you were in Florida. We observed several Great Blue Herons and Egrets busy with their own fishing. Small, bright red Cardinals, Purple Martins, and Mockingbirds were active along the riparian tree-lines.
The "stars" of the day though were Alligator Gar! I was amazed at their jumps -- several feet out of the water. Some gar were 4' or longer. Quite impressive as they rocketed out of the water and fell back with a great splash.
Glenn saw one alligator near the end of the slough but could not determine his size.
I am never bored at the splendor of GOD's Creation. HE is magnified in HIS work.