Took my new-to-me CD Prana down to Port O’Connor this week for some (inside) gulf fun - most of it was on Espiritu Santo Bay, with a bit on Matagorda Bay. Did two trips - the first with my better half and the second solo.
First, the boat. I love it! So easy to move. On day 2 I did almost 9 miles in 4 hours of leisurely paddling, which included a snack break and some exploring. The seat is also a lot more comfortable than in my old Sirocco. The weather was perfect, with light winds and very smooth water.
Second, the location - this was my first real chance in the gulf (apart from one short, weather interrupted jaunt in Galveston). There are so many birds, so many fish. Highlights included a Roseate Spoonbill (I got a photo but it’s small and blurry) and being visited by a friendly puffer fish while we took a break.
There are also a lot of boats, but they stick to the channels so you can get away from them for much of the trip, once you get out into the bay. A lot of the water here is only a few inches deep (and still in the mid 80’sF) - it’s weird to see people standing in the water fishing half a mile offshore - so there are huge areas where only paddlers can pass. I’ll definitely be back, both here and other areas of the gulf - it’s a 3 hour drive from Austin.
Some pictures below…
Prana and Pelicans
Snack break - stay away from those oyster beds!!
Day 2 - heading out from the Texas Parks and Wildlife paddling trail put-in.
Osprey pointing the way
Wide open spaces of Matagorda Bay, heading toward the Port O’Connor jetty
Beach landing - Kingfisher beach in POC. Spot the Hermit Crab.