Teams Location: Rockport, Texas
Finally all the signs came together correctly and it was time to get the yak out to play. The Truck backed up to the side of the Castle and the yak was loaded with all its gear.
The Yakking Team headed out for Aransas Pass and the launch next to the swimming pool complex. It is an excellent launching point. The Truck backed in to the best spot for unloading the yak and the OFM got to work setting up for a great trip.
In not too long the Truck was parked in a parking spot and the adventure go going. The wind was a bit strong so we had to be a little careful in choosing our route through the reefs and mud banks.
This is an area we have been in several times so we knew our way around just fine. The marsh was exited and out into the bay we went. Along the way were several birds that would have made good pictures. However by the time the Photography Team got nearly close enough, the bird would fly away. Shooting long telephoto pictures from a bobbing yak will not work.
This part of Redfish Bay has the Intracoastal Waterway running through it. The barges and larger vessels use it to navigate from Brownsville, Texas to the tip of Florida and many points between. Here we see one of the shipments in progress. Getting too close to a barge in motion with a yak can be lethal so this OFM Team stays well back from the channel.
It is hard to get lost out here unless a dense fog sets in. From almost any place on the Bay you can see the swimming pool structure.
Then all you have to do is paddle towards it. The opening in the marsh will be very evident as you get close. Then all you do is follow the open path through the grasses back to the launch point.
The OFM is sore tonight from all the paddling he did, but the Teams had a great time trying to have tooooo much fun. TheOFM.