Melrose Bay – May 28, 2017

We tend to stay off the water over Memorial Day weekend because of the preponderance of drunks in motorboats.  But we thought a short paddle on Melrose Bay, an inlet off Lake Santa Fe, might be worth a shot since the whole bay is a “No Wake” zone.  And as we were putting in at the Trout Street launch who should pull up but a Fish & Wildlife Law Enforcement boat!   With the LEOs on the water in our area we had absolutely no problem with the motorboaters in the bay or out along the southern edge of Lake Santa Fe.

It was only a 2 hour paddle, but we slalomed in and out of the magnificent cypress trees and watched some Ospreys nesting.  We headed for Black Lake, but with the drought the canal into the lake was too shallow for us to get into it, so we returned to Melrose Bay.  Sometimes it’s not how far or how fast you paddle, its just enough to get out on the water and let the beauty fill you.

Cypress on Melrose Bay

Cypress on Melrose Bay

Magnificent cypress trees

Magnificent cypress trees

Paddling through the cypress on Lake Santa Fe

Paddling through the cypress on Lake Santa Fe

Cypress on Lake Santa Fe

Slaloming amid the cypress on Lake Santa Fe

Skirting along the edge of Lake Santa Fe

Skirting along the edge of Lake Santa Fe

Cypress on Lake Santa Fe

Cypress on Lake Santa Fe

Near the entrance to Black Lake

Near the entrance to Black Lake

Near the entrance to Black Lake

Near the entrance to Black Lake

 

Osprey nest with a pair of adults

Osprey nest with a pair of adults

Osprey nest with a pair of adults

Osprey nest with a pair of adults