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Kayaking Glacier Bay

The Beardslee Island Group Offers Pristine Scenery and Waters

Kayaking-Glacier-BayMy wife, Laurie, and I leave Bartlett Cove too late, half an hour after high tide and a noticeable current is already running. Against this ebb tide we must make our way into the Beardslees. The excitement of being here at last, kayaking waters of Glacier Bay, powers our paddles, and we slide easily through the placid waters.The islands and islets are as we had imagined, densely forested with trees, presenting an even, sculptured contour. Many of the low-lying islands have few trees, or trees that are not very tall. At first we attribute this to poor soil nutrients; then it slowly dawns that these islands are new. They have only recently become islands due to uplift, and the forest upon them is much younger than those on islands of higher elevations. We are elated to recognize graphic evidence of rapid geologic change in Glacier Bay.

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Kayaking Little River Canyon – Albama

Kayaking-Little-River-CanyonTo allay your doubts: Yes, Alabama does have whitewater. I know this for a fact because I’m standing at the bottom of the Little River Canyon in the northeastern part of the state, staring across the spraying waters of the Little River. In front of me is a long tongue of pounding water pouring between two house-size boulders and tumbling into a curling hydraulic below. As far as I can see downstream, the Little River shows splashes of white where the rushing current glances and caroms off boulders and rocks.

Admittedly, Alabama is not high on the lists of destinations for whitewater enthusiasts. You want to see crowds of kayakers, canoeists, and rafters playing in the waves? Go to the nearby mountain rivers of Tennessee, Georgia, and North Carolina where whitewater enthusiasts congregate in huge numbers. But tucked up in this out-of-the-way part of the state, the exciting whitewater runs of the Little River Canyon attract knowledgeable southeastern river rats who have discovered this well-kept secret. You won’t fight the crowds here to play in your favorite hole. On a”busy” weekend, maybe thirty kayaks ply the whitewater here.