Finally got out this past weekend. My first trip of the year, due to a combination of work and weather, just in time for it to get too hot.
Saturday drove down to Turtle Bayou, east of Houston. A lovely spot with the one blight being that you can hear I10. Scooted down the bayou and into Lake Anahuac. Anahuac, btw, is known as the “Alligator Capital of Texas”.
I guess the lake was unusually high?
As I like to do, I poked my head into a little side channel and was greeted with a very loud, very deep roar/growl. It came from the depths of the swamp and was maybe 20-30 yards away. I Googled later and, yes, although Alligators do not have vocal chords, they do make just this sound, usually when mating. So, she either wanted to mate with my Prana, or, I assumed, was telling me to “please depart”, which I did, hastily.
Saturday night sunset over Trinity Bay.
Sunday I had planned to do the Trinity Bay to Trinity river loop, but it was a little bit windier than I’d hoped, so changed plans to go to Double Bayou instead. This was a good call…very quiet, lots of nature, and a few intriguing man made distractions…
Nobody home, but how did it get there?
Some derelict shrimp boats. There was a section with 4 derelict sailboats too. Why?
I saw about a dozen gators, but only one was above about 3 ft. Here’s a small one that let me get close-ish. There were Gar fish everywhere, and plenty of birds. Mercifully, and surprisingly, no mosquitos!
At the turnaround point, Double Bayou park, the county had installed a Canoe and Kayak only boat ramp. Never seen one before but it was great, especially launching back in - get set and just push (backwards for me), Splash…it was like launching the QE2. No scratches or scrapes, super easy. Thanks Chambers County!
The magnolias were in bloom…
After 10 miles of nature and beauty, take out was back at the Oak Island park, next to the marine salvage yard…hey, at least there was some grass!
Not sure when I’ll get out again. June onwards can be no fun down here, but next year…retirement! Maybe one more trip before the blast of summer?