|Dolphin at Haulover Canal|
The most recent time we visited Haulover Canal it was mentioned that we were going to be back in two weeks and that meant today. Back to Haulover Canal to see the last launch of Space Shuttle Endeavour. We arrived early, got a parking spot near the put in, and were ready for this special moment. Guess what...You probably already know that it was scrubbed. Strike two for us. Second time it happens in two tries. No launch...no space shuttle...no problem. Plenty to do at this place. The wind? That was a bit of a problem.
Put In\Take Out: Check our previous post from April 15th for this and also for information about Haulover Canal. We put in in the exact same place, which is also the take out. We arrived at 9:40AM and were at the water at 9:45AM.
|Manatee at Bair's Cove|
|Manatee upside down|
Back to the paddle, we looked for an area in the south side of the canal to beach the kayak and watch the launch. Last year we did that at the very east point of the canal but since then I have heard that it is not allowed to do that. My photographer decided that it was time to find out so we beached the yak and came to the ground as a Coast Guard patrol boat came from the lagoon. They waved us and kept going without a problem so looks like you can do that. Another Coast Guard boat was at the side where you can see the launch towers and its occupants did the same so we had to be OK. Now, no boat was allowed to pass south of the entrance of the canal.
|Coast Guard Patrol Boat|
|Launch Towers. The one to the right is where the Endeavour is|
There was no launch and did not see the big bird we came to see. But if after you look at the pics you say that it was a bad day, we will have to agree to disagree on that one. Here are more pics of what we saw:
|Brown Pelican and Dolphin|
|Great Blue Heron|
|Little Blue Heron|
|Pelican and a Little Blue Heron|
|The fleet and the dolphin|