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Monday, May 07, 2001

May 3, 2001, Whiskey Ditch Paddle Trip

Leader: Bob Andrews

Directions: Put in on the Mobile Bay Causeway at Tensaw Point Ecotours. Pass Picada parallels the Causeway to the north. Paddle east in Pass Picada to the Apalachee River and turn left to the north. Follow the reeds on your left to the trees and the entrance of Whiskey Ditch to the left of the larger trees.

Thursday evening, 11 paddlers met at 6 p.m. at the Tensaw Point Ecotours location for this paddle. The weather was wonderful. We had some clouds overhead but the air was light out of the south and comfortable. When we entered Whiskey Ditch we saw lush green water plants on our right. Some had small flowers like white clover. The taller grasses were on our right. Frogs and insect sounds just seemed right for an evening out. The birds were few but the spider lilies were plentiful on both sides of the Ditch. White spider lilly blooms stood about head high clustered 2-6 per stalk with six long thin petals extending from a white center.

We meandered through the marsh and made side trips to explore routes through the reeds. The water level is comfortably high now and the aquatic growth leaves a nice wide channel in the Ditch. We broke out in the lake half an hour before sunset. The surface was mirror calm and we rafted up to visit and enjoy the sunset and good company.

After sunset through the trees, we paddled out again, but now the cooler evening air brought out a flower fragrance. We could not locate the source of the fragrance; the breeze out of the south blew over the marsh before we got it. Maybe something out of our line of sight was blooming in the reeds and giving us this nice fragrance.

We made good progress back to Tensaw Point Ecotours and from there seven of us went to Ed's Seafood Shed for a feeding frenzy on the elevated deck.

Life is good.