Today the waters of the Estero Americano are above the banks of the channel and have flooded the adjacent pasturelands. It’s a seasonal inland lagoon. With more rain in tomorrow’s forecast, today’s sunny weather made for ideal conditions for a patrol of the Estero.
In flood stage, paddling conditions improve in three ways. Instead of having the follow the looping, sinuous channel, a paddler can beeline from pond to pond, thus trimming the trip out to the coast by more than a mile.
The views from a seated kayaker’s cockpit are better, too. Instead of putting up with hemmed in views of the channel walls, a paddler can see out across the flooded pastures to hills in the distance.
Its much easier to launch a kayak from the Marsh Road launch spot because instead of having to negotiate a steep channel wall, you can simply step into your boat as it floats in a few inches of water above the pasture grass.
As is often the case, I am the only paddler on the Estero.
Just me and the
And the shorebirds at the beach.
I missed seeing my owlish friends again today.
A map of my outing: