Dave's Yak Tales

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Chassahowitzka


Launched from the Chassahowitzka Campground at 9:40. $5 parking. 
On past fall trips, I have seen manatees in the shade on the opposite side of the ramp and dock.
 
Helps to know where to look.


 

 
Down the Chass

 

 

 

Pie billed grebe

 

I saw something furry in a tree and thought, have monkeys invaded Chassahowitzka?

No,  raccoons.

Meanwhile, across the River

 
 

 

 

 

 

Everything so far was before I reached the Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge
The sign that opens this Tale.  It was 10:50.

 
 Just like I know manatees like the shade on the other side of the boat ramp, I know they also can be found just before Crawford Creek
 
 Especially when food is caught on crab trap floats.
 

 
 Crawford Creek
 
 

 

 

 
Houses, obviously I was out of the Refuge.  And had been for awhile.

The current was too fast and water too shallow to paddle past the houses and check out the springs that are the source of Crawford Creek.
 I turned around.
 

 

 
More to come60