Things have been really quiet around here lately. The season is officially over! With a lot more spare time on my hands, and a few days of a little cooler weather, me and Sparky have been busy breaking the new touring board in.
A couple days ago we did a another paddle through Little Basin. It was later in the day, and much cooler than when I took Sparky through there on the kayak earlier back in the summer.
There was a pretty good head wind on the way out, which made for a little bit of a challenging paddle, considering I haven’t been on a board much all summer. We made it to the other side of Little Basin without too much effort, though, and finally found the mystery tunnel I mentioned in that earlier post.
Finding The Tunnel
If you stay close to the mainland, you’ll see a few private marks on the southwest side. The tunnel is maybe just about 50′ to the north of them. It was actually a little hard to spot at first. The tide has been so high lately, since the recent full moon and eclipse, that the opening wasn’t very high.
There was actually a much larger opening to the north of the tunnel, that I could easily see from half way across the basin, but that turned out to be a dead end. With the low ceiling in the tunnel, we had to do a lot of ducking and pulling along the mangroves to get through.
The Home Stretch
The other end of this tunnel opens up into a small cove in the mangroves, off of Yellow Shark Channel, not far from Bird Island. A little further ahead, there’s another small cut that you can go through, but we decided to turn around and start the downwinder back home.
We paddled through Doobie Creek, which was actually my first time going through there an anything other than a jetski. Then we crossed Little Basin, barely even paddling at all, and returned through Library cut.
This time I didn’t have any trouble with the camera on my phone, like I did last time. When I stop paddling, Sparky usually starts running back and forth. He’s not the easiest model to work with, so I have a GoPro clone on the way, that should make shooting future paddles…and crazy little furry guys, much easier.