Just after we arrived at Goose Island, we inflated the boat and took it out to cruise around on the flat water. Just as we got out to the end of the pier, we had dolphins all around us. They were surfacing as close as 20 feet from the boat. It was an awesome experience.
|Dolphin surfacing very near our boat.|
On January 15, the opportunity presented itself. The wind was almost zero and the sun was out. It was around 70 degrees. We were thinking about a short trip out to some of the shell islands just off the end of the pier. We headed out there and took a few pictures of many birds including White Pelicans on the islands.
|The end of the pier from the water.|
Some of the barrier islands had smoke coming up off of them from controlled burns.
|White Pelicans and a few other birds|
As we paddled, we had to watch for oyster beds. We hit one and later saw a small scrape on the boat, but no real damage. We then found out that there was a marked channel. We stayed in that for a while and then found what looked like a way to go around the end of the island. It was actually a lake and had no outlet. The cool thing is that there were tons of fish in the lake. As we paddled we could see them scatter in every direction. I was wishing I had a fishing pole and a license. We paddled to the far end of the lake and there was still no outlet. I assessed our situation and determined the best answer was a portage over the last 50 feet of the island to get to the open water. We both got out of the boat and carried it a short distance and then relaunched it. It all turned out fine. We paddled back in the direction of our camp along a rock breakwater. This is where I saw the birds I put in my previous post.
|Still not sure what kind of birds those are.|
We really need to be more prepared for long trips whenever we go anywhere. We did not bring enough water or food, but it was still fun and the uncertainty of the outcome is fun (for me).
Our plans for the rest of this trip is getting more defined. We have had some family items that have contributed to us actually making reservations and doing some other things we don't normally do. I will get into all of that in future entries.
Go out for an adventure today, you never know how it will work out.