We decided at the last minute to head out, and we only had a certain amount of time before sunset. We
Image via Wikipediadecided to put in at Polecat Bay, because we could be in the water in the shortest amount of time if we chose that put-in.
The water was calm, the temperature was up and the air muggy. We headed first toward Mobile Bay, but one glance past the Causeway, showed us the wind was kicking up the waves there more than we wanted to deal with. We decided to head North and just paddle easy for a bit, turn around and come back. That's exactly what we did, sort of.
We headed up Delvan Bay easily and gently. There were hardly any waves and we were definitely going with the current. We only paddled a little more than 2 1/2 miles. Then we just sat still and rested, chatted and enjoyed the sounds of the birds and the water. Even in that short amount of time, we were both sweating in the hot, humid weather. I kept splashing water on myself in an attempt to keep cool.
We had been expecting sunset to occur at 8:10pm, but apparently someone forgot to tell the sun, because it was looking as if it was going to set much sooner than that. I looked ahead to see we had almost a mile to go before we reached the put-in. I have to confess, in the back of my mind was the fact that every time we have been out this season, Glen has remarked how much slower I am this season than last. Having had hand surgery in January is a tiny part of that. Not returning to the gym since my surgery, however, is the big part. I was very aware I am not as fast a kayaker as I once was, and I have never had any desire to be reaching the put-in, or loading the car in the dark.
As we sat in that still little body of water, with the traffic whizzing by so high above us, we felt remote and isolated from the world they represented. Occasionally a trucker would honk his horn at us and we would wave our paddles in response, greetings linking us back to the world we would soon join once our little boats were safely stored in the back of the car and we were on our way home.