Kayaking to the Grass Lake – January 25, 2013

Today we spent several hours exploring in our kayaks as we had a great opportunity to paddle through the tidal flats. We exited the Great Harbor Cay Marina and paddled across the harbor where we had entered with Rode Trip. There was a narrow bridge on the opposite end of the harbor, under the main road. At the time we were headed out the tide was heading in, so we picked up the kayaks and walked them across the road to get to the other side.

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On the other side of the bridge we found ourselves in crystal clear water of varying depths. The bottom was white sand and/or grass and scattered throughout were mangroves. We learned how to read the water and seek out the deeper spots so that we wouldn’t bottom out in the sand.

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It was beautiful, calm, and quiet. The waters seemed to weave for miles and miles. In the shallow, sandy spots we found bonefish. It was so shallow their fins stuck out of the water. They minded their own business and darted away as we floated by.

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We continued exploring and as we rounded the next bend we found ourselves in a wide open space. After referencing the map we’ve determined that we kayaked to Grass Lake. The edges here were lined with old coral reefs topped with mangroves. The water remained shallow, about 3-feet deep, and the bottom was grassy.

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We found a cut back across to our previous route. There was a bit of current rushing through an opening between the coral lining. Here we turned to cut through and the bottom dropped down, deep, nearly 20-feet! We could see all the way to the bottom of this pool. We paddled through to the other side where the pool abruptly ended, banking upward to another white sandy bottom. Along this pool we spotted a school of fish swimming through the roots of the mangroves. We hovered over the fish for a while just watching, like our own private aquarium.

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On the way back, we had slightly less water than we started with. My trusty steed pulled us through the shallowest part.

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Brian had to carefully watch his step to avoid squishing sea slugs.

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We kayaked back, and this time got to ride the rapids down under the little bridge. Wheee!

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7 thoughts on “Kayaking to the Grass Lake – January 25, 2013

  1. Sounds like a fun outting! I love finding sea slugs; their texture is so different. And I like it when they spray their purple ink too- it’s kinda pretty 🙂

  2. Love following your adventures. Thanks for the pictures. Looks very beautiful and WARM.

  3. Lesson for the day:
    The bonefish, also known as “phantom” or “gray ghost”[by whom?], is probably[according to whom?] pound for pound the strongest and fastest moving animal of any salt-water fish. Bonefishing is a shallow-water pursuit done in depths ranging from 8 inches to several feet of water.

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