We met at the
Kremer Bridge 9:00 am and then were off to the launch where we unloaded
our boats. Leaving the launch we started with a good wind coming
out of the southwest and paddled 1½ miles out to the lake.
the lake we hugged the south shore and continued to Bay Chevreuil.
Once we arrived in the bay we took the bayou to Bayou Chevreuil.
The wind was really whipping up and we were able to sail down the
bayou by just holding our paddles in the air! This was giving us
about a 4 mph push. When we arrived in Bayou Chevreuil we headed
west about a mile and broke for lunch on a willow tree lined bank.
we headed back to the lake - this is where it gets interesting!
The clouds behind us got very dark. The wind was blowing so hard
that it sounded like a huge waterfall and was pushing us against
the north side of the bayou. Then it began to rain.We took the turn
and began heading back to the bay. We were now in a 30 mph wind
and the rain got stronger. As we got to the opening of the bay the
wind began gusting to 40 mph. It was literally blowing the water
off the bay and straight at us. Luckily we were able to hide behind
a small marsh island at the edge of the bay. As the wind blew we
discussed calling a family member for a “rescue”.
lake we had about 2’ high capping swells which gave us a good push
to the northeast. We all made it safe to the south shore and paddled
east. By this time the wind had slowed a little and we were again
able to sail in with our paddles in the air. By the time the worst
of the front had passed we paddled through to the lake and into
Bayou Boeuf. As we got to the launch the sun began to shine. We
all talked about how much fun we had and how we valued the experience.
What a trip!