After a few months of living in Alabama, I have finally done something I have wanted to do for a long, long time – get on that dark and murky waters belonging to the Mobile-Tensaw delta.
Last Sunday, Dad and I rented a kayak from WildNatives at 5 Rivers and were on the water around 10:30AM. Michael, who helped us get setup with the kayaks, told us that this was the off-season for rentals. Maybe I am naive. I am the new person here. But that seems a little crazy to me. Wouldn’t you think that this would be the best time to come down? The summer is absolutely grueling down here! Like walking through humid lava! I will absolutely be taking advantage of every cold day here!
Michael suggested we go to Justin’s Bay, up alligator alley, to the Sunset/Sunrise shelters. The trip, according to the shelter website, is 3.2 miles round-trip from 5 Rivers. He said it would take about 2 hours. And he was spot on! We got back about 12:30PM.
The only access (without doing some portage action) is through Alligator Alley. Unfortunately we did not see any alligators. Apparently they are trying to conserve energy during this cold Alabama weather until things heat up. But we sure did see a ton of birds. They were absolutely everywhere!
We had a grand time, and I highly recommend this place to others. Check out my video I made below for a detailed tour of the place!