A little bit of adventure today. Aransas Pass (AP) received a nice bit of exploring and information gathering. One stop was Slowride Guide Services (http://www.slowrideguide.com/ ) and Jennifer provided me with all kinds of great information about the area. One kayaking map was purchased. They have about the best fishing guide service on the coast if you happen to come down to the town. My excitement with all the information caused me to forget to get a picture.
One yak launch spot is at the AP Aquatic Center. It is another set of impressive public parks in these smaller cities. The Aquatic Center is a large swimming pool with a huge slide and some other toys. The attendance was huge as was the temperature.
On around the corner is some type of boardwalk that will need to get details about on the next trip there. The other side of the Aquatic Center has a dedicated kayak launching spot and parking area that is really first class. Again too much excitement and a picture was forgotten.
Next in the park are the ball fields. On one side of the road it appeared to be soccer fields. On the other side were the baseball fields and small kids playground with restrooms. The restrooms are in the blue building on the left. Most structures are elevated above the expected water level from hurricane floods like this one.
About a quarter mile north of the Aquatic Center is three RV parks. One of them caught my attention on Google Maps because it has a long pier that goes right across the grass flats and to the edge of the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW). The ICW runs from the tip of Florida to the tip of Texas to provide protected routing for boat and barge traffic. It also is one heck of a fish highway. These next two pictures are taken from the end of the fishing pier of the RV park looking across the ICW. They are of the large island directly across from the pier. The first is of the left half of the island and the second is of the right half.
Click on the picture and you can see the far side ICW channel marker. This island provide a wave barrier for the RV park and a relatively calm section of water to paddle across to get to the island. On the back side of the island is a huge saltwater flats area of several square miles that is known to be major producer of redfish (channel bass to some folks). This is perfect yak country. The paddling distance from the launch to the flats area is only about a half mile. The RV park has great launching facilities right in the park next to the pier. They are booked solid from Oct. 1 until next year for the winter Texans.
Here is a neat idea. This fellow was pulling the trailer with his electric get around scooter. That shows you to never give up, just work around and keep on moving.
This evening during an attempt to practice golf, the temperature outside got to me and it took a while for me to get cooled down when I came inside. The temperature must be carefully considered as I try to have tooooo much fun. TheOFM