Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Boating on Lemon Bay to Stump Pass

Monday we took the boat out for one last boat ride of the season.  It was a perfect boating day: warm without being hot, and sunny with occasional relief from a passing cloud.
Lemon Bay is about a 20 minute idle speed ride from the dock.  It's a nice ride, where we can look at houses and yards and all the boats and docks along the way.
Many mangrove islands dot the channel and cover more than half of the edges of Lemon Bay.
Captain Ron
That tiny fin is from one of the dolphins we saw on the bay.
One man's idea of "idle speed" - required for the vicinity of the bridges.
One of the resident pelicans watching for a fish.
Oh oh - sailboat being towed
This one took advantage of the light breeze.
So did this one
Lots of kayakers in the channel behind Stump Pass
Paddleboarders braving the wake from passing boats
Parasailing above the gulf
One of many osprey nests on an uninhabited island
The spit at Stump Pass had a lot of boats even on a Monday after the season is over.
On a calm day, we ventured out into the Gulf for a ways.
We pulled up on the beach on the bay side and then walked across to the Gulf side
Waves gently rolling in - Water Temp is up to 70 degrees already.