Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Wednesday Wanderings - Decker Island

Another dazzling day on the Delta! Today's "wandering" included a circumnavigation of Decker Island and a crossing of the Sacramento River to check out an old barn and possible beach landings for future trips.

We launched about 15 minutes prior to low tide at Three Mile slough and headed south to paddle along the west side of Decker Island. It only took about 30 minutes to reach the entrance of Horseshoe Bend so we decided to cross the river and explore the shore on the west side of the river. There appears to be many beaches accessible from just under a 1 foot to maybe 3 foot tide. I'm not sure who owns the property, maybe PG&E? Hundreds of windmills dot the hills along with an old barn. There were no signs posted prohibiting landing in the area so it might be a good place to stop and stretch or have lunch.

After a few pictures we proceeded to cross back over the river keeping our eyes peeled for shipping traffic. I also checked my marine traffic ap to see if there were any ships in the area.  The coast was clear and we headed to and up Horseshoe Bend. The tide hadn't quite turned yet but there really wasn't any current against us and we paddled slowly taking in the sights and sounds around us. I was actually surprised at how loud the cars and trucks driving on highway 160 were. We tuned out the traffic and enjoyed the many herons resting in the tule. No mammals were spotted today but we did happen upon a huge beaver lodge.

We made it back to the put in after almost three exceptional hours on the water. If you would like to join us on our "Wednesday Wanderings" you can sign up at Meetup or call to reserve a spot.

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