My family and I were invited to go kayaking with Alabama Kayaking Adventures last Saturday. To say we had a good time, would be an understatement.
Did you know that Alabama’s coastal area includes 607 miles of shoreline with over 400,000 acres of estuaries? Talk about having plenty to see!
Captain Chris Nelson was our guide.
Our adventure started in Foley, at the Graham Creek Nature Preserve. It was a 4-mile kayak (round-trip) that took us into Wolf Bay near Orange Beach, AL. We went from fresh water to salt water and back to fresh water.
Now, if you’re an outdoor enthusiast what I’m about to say next –may come as no surprise. But as soon as you hit the water, the kind of peace you experience is hard to put into words. The water is calm. The rhythm from paddling is hypnotizing. And the sounds of nature, like the different calls from shore birds, offer such tranquility.
We saw just about everything you could imagine on our trip:
Swamp Iris, Coastal Morning Glory, Wax Myrtle aka Bayberry, Red-winged Blackbirds, Great Blue Herons, Ospreys, jellyfish, a couple of snakes and a whole of lot of wasps’ nests.
It was quite the experience and especially for my 4-year-old son.
The Gulf Coast is filled with such beauty. My only wish is that I had more time to get out and enjoy it.