The alarm clock sounded early today. Gus cooked us scrambled eggs, sausage, and toast. Just the protein we needed for our planned 22 mile paddle. The weather calls for minimal southwest winds. That means we will be dropped off at mile marker 40 and paddle up to mile marker 62. Yes, backwards.
This section includes the 7 mile bridge. We launch from Veterans park. The first thing we notice is how remarkably clear the water is. The current is also substantial. Our yaks drift towards the bridge and we end up having to paddle on about a 45 degree angle just to maintain our course. No problem.
Today the aquatic scenery was spectacular. We spotted hundreds of flying fish. They dart out of the water in front of us all day long and make us smile. Several leopard rays swim under our boats and even a puffer fish. Cool. We marvel at an 6 foot nurse shark hanging out next to a lobster pot.
But the two most stunning displays today came when an 8 foot sting ray jumped out of the water right in front of us. So violent, it resembled a polaris missile being shot out of a submarine. Our jaws dropped. Then later a very large tarpon jumped out of the water too. What a phenomenal experience.
Advance Around ,
Jim and Marc