Saturday, February 2, 2008, we paddled Spring Garden Lake and Creek, launching from DeLeon Springs State Park. "We" be me, and good friend Steve R., in town on business.
I wanted to paddle around Blue Spring, but when we arrived at 12:30 cars were being turned away, the Park was full. So we drove north another 20-30 minutes to DeLeon Springs State Park. I hpoed I could show Steve a manatee or two.
It was a warm day, no manatees present. But we did see blue herons, Great Blue herons, black crowned night herons, Great egrets, snowy egrets, limpkins, coots, tri-colored herons, anhinga, cormorants, ibis, red tailed hawks, red shoulder hawks, belted kingfishers, turtles and one big alligator.
Speaking of big, I let Steve take a picture of your coorespondent.
No manatees, no visit to Blue Spring, but we (now joined by Tom J.) shook off the blues, seeing the Queen of the Blues, Koko Taylor, and Robert Cray in a free concert in downtown Orlando.