The river above Miller’s Ferry comprises two really big loops. This is one only two areas where Corps dams have flooded outside of the channel on the Alabama R. I thoroughly enjoyed staying well out of the channel this morning because it gave me a bit of a shortcut, allowed me to avoid some headwind, and took me into the haunts of dozens of white pelicans and hundreds of anhingas.
I tried something new today, and it worked very well. I put the Jetboil and a Mountain House freeze dried meal in my ready bag in the boat. When I had paddled around the biggest loop against a headwind and began to have favorable winds, I cooked a big meal for lunch in the boat as I sailed. It worked like a champ and allowed me to keep moving.
Willie Snell stopped by to see me today. Around 3:00, a boat passed me, slowed, and reversed course to pull up alongside me. It was Willie. We had a nice little chat and it gave me a chance to thank him again for taking me to town. Nice man.
White pelicans (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos). These birds fish while swimming rather than diving as brown pelicans do.