I had a nice little 2.5 hour evening paddle last night. I got my kayak on a cart and it’s all ready and set to go, even after being away. It was a simple walk over to my launch site, and it was about 5 pm so there was a bunch of traffic and I got lots of looks, honks and waves as I pushed my kayak on the sidewalk.
I paddled south and when I got to the causeway it was time to put on the spray skirt. It’s easy enough to put on while in the boat which is nice and I was able to carry on in the increased sea action from the wind and boats.
I made it down to dolphin cove where a dolphin watch boat also just made to the tip of the jetties in the bay where the current rips thru. It’s usually a great place to find the dolphins and with a few slaps on the side of my kayak, just like ringing the door bell several made an appearance and played around for me. They were all around, and very close as I just drifted along with them. One made a huge swirl right next to me but without breaking the surface. wow, that was cool! They moved on and so did I, and made my way into the SeaRanch Marina where there was some kind of video shoot going on and there was a bunch of people in the huge offshore fishing sport boats. As I came back to where the shoot was I noticed a beer can floating and I had just been through there and I knew it was fresh. I went and picked it up and headed over to where the group was and noticed that they were drinking the same brand as the empty I picked up. I asked if they could stick it in the trash can for me, which they did. I wonder if they noticed it was one of theirs?
I headed on back north and caught the sunset right in front of the bars, then decided to head up to the far side of the Tompkin’s Channel where I could see the Southern Wave Catamaran on one of their sunset dinner cruises. I passed a couple of red kayaks just floating near the fingers where Ted’s is and the Southern Wave was just coming out of there. I kicked it up a notch to catch them. I had the breeze in my face and going against the current as I caught up to them, then they pushed on the throttles a bit to match my speed. Cool, now I got a pace boat! We stayed neck and neck for awhile until the channel makes a few turns where they slowed it down a bit and I caught an inside turn and pulled ahead, kept it going til we got back to the entertainment district where they were to dock and I finished my run with a well deserved drink of water. 2.5 hours, not bad for a spur of the moment little trip. By this time it was dark and I turned on my head lamp to see the muddy launch site. It was still low tide, yuck but using the cart makes things all too easy! I kept on my stern light for the walk home, just in case, slipped the boat into it’s designated garage spot, closed the door, and good night! And ready for the next trip to where ever. maybe to PI, maybe around to offshore? Won’t know that until it happens! Sorry, no pics, but if you want to see dolphins you don’t need a boat, just walk out onto the jetties at Dolphin Cove in the evening. Til next time …….
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