Kayaking the Al Thakira Mangroves

My kayaking adventure this weekend brought me to the northern coastal city of Al Khor. Here, I made my way to Al Thakira beach, my launching location to paddle the mangroves!

On my way into Al Khor, I passed  Al Bayt Stadium – one of 6 stadiums being built for the 2022 FIFA World Cup. This stadium will look like a traditional Arabic tent!

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The homes along the beach.

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Al Thakira beach!

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Ready to go!!!

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And I’m off…!!!!  I’m headed for the trees across the water.

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Into a mangrove path I go!

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The water is murky with very little marine life.

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Except crabs!  Little crab holes scatter the muddy banks like little apartment holes!

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Can you see the crab?

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View of the landscape from the water.  Not very inviting….. so I stayed in my kayak!!!

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As I made my way back out of the mangrove path I entered, you can see the minarets where the muezzin calls Muslims to prayer!  Well, if you look closely you can see four of them!

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Here is a video of what it sounds like when it is call to prayer time.  I always enjoy hearing this….the call is so peaceful!!  All the mosques basically call at the same time….it is so beautiful!

I paddled along, looking for another mangrove path to enter, but didn’t find one…

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I forgot sunblock – so knowing an hour in, is an hour back – I turned around and headed back to the beach!  There is much more area to paddle and mangrove paths to discover!!  Next time!!

S, :))))

 

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3 Comments Add yours

  1. Tish Millette says:

    Looks like amazing place to kayak 😊

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    1. It’s different….like paddling on another planet!! 🙂

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  2. mama says:

    You find the most beautiful places to just relax. The call to prayer just adds a special bonus as you paddle along in your kayak. Sorry to say I could not find the crab 😦

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