This is a “catch-up” post from May 2020 to describe our second outing on the Buffalo Bayou.
Having successfully completed a solo outing the previous week, I persuaded Samuel to join me for the next leg. The days were getting hot, so a short trip was advised. Moving upstream from my previous outing, the next leg was from Briar Bend Park (point 5 on the map below) to Woodway Memorial Park at point 6, where I had started my previous trip.
I had scoped out the Briar Bend Park launch site, and it looked fine. Ample street parking, a short walk across a small park, and then down a stone path to the water’s edge. The path was steep and rocky so care would be needed.
On the day, we carefully carried our green bathtub down the path and into the water. Samuel was a bit hesitant about joining Dad on another crazy adventure, but the previous ones had generally worked out OK…
I can’t remember why, but I took very few photos. Indeed, the one below is the only one I could find that I took during the trip.
The main memory from the trip is unexpected. I received a phone call from my boss’s boss, a big cheese at work who I had a lot of respect for. I was confused as it was a Sunday, and he would not call unless it was something vitally important. I saw the call come in on my watch but did not answer. Instead, I tried to find a sandbank to ground the kayak on so I could call him right back. I was imagining what he would possibly be calling me about. Unfortunately, my hasty attempt to maneuver the kayak by using the paddle as a punt broke the blade. Anyhow, I phoned back. The issue was surprisingly minor, just showing how hard he was working in the COVID response and just catching up on a Sunday. We were able to continue our journey without concerns, and if anything, Samuel was happier as he no longer had to paddle!
This trip was 5.3 miles and took 2.5 hours. The water was calm (there hadn’t been recent rain). We passed under several bridges that we often go over and could see golfers from the Houston Country Club. The takeout at Woodway Memorial Park is also straightforward as described in the previous post. This leg is a great introduction to paddling the bayou!
This page is linked to from my Buffalo Bayou Paddling Trail home page.