Map of Ron Jones Paddle Trail along Chickasabogue Creek
I was a bit surprised to see some positive changes at William Brooks Park aka Tucker Launch. The once unusable shoreline is now an inviting kayak launch because of the sandy shoreline. There is a pretty big web of boardwalk trails that take visitors over the swampy wetlands out to Chickasabogue Creek to fish, bird watch, or sight see.
The Ron Jones Paddle Trail is named after the Chickasabogue Parks and Wildlife Manager who died in 2006.
The Chickasabogue Paddle Trail was one of Ron's visions and priorities before he died. It is a nice kayak launch.
The folks at Chickasabogue Creek are lucky to have Clifford, aka Wolf Dog paddling up and down the creek.
The volunteer canoeist spends his days removing the shoreline litter. I'm glad Clifford is still doing his thing.
This is an example of how to remove litter from in and along a trash impaired waterway without need of an expensive boat or litter trap. Waterway trash removal needs to be a full time job for one person per watershed.
Since the Alabama Department of Transportation won't remove trash from the ditches along their state highways, they should employ people like Clifford to remove trash from the waterways where their roadside trash ends up.
Winds were supposed to be calm at Dauphin Island and the forecast held true. An absolutely beautiful day to enjoy the almost empty beaches before the onslaught of Labor Day Weekend beach activity. I always enjoy the bird watching opportunities at Dauphin Island.
Above: Short video of an Apple Snail laying eggs. The eggs are flowing up.
Below: View of how dense the Apple Snail eggs are in Three Mile Creek.
Above Photo: This year only one kayaker braved the 25 mph winds to join the Boat Parade.
Below Photo: Bayou La Trash's annual Blessing of the Fleet. Why Bother?