Speaking of alligators, when I arrived back at the lagoon area near the Wekiwa Springs launch, two snorklers were in the water. Not in the Spring, but in the darker water, near the shoreline, at dusk. Unseen alligators were grunting. I told one of the dofuses that those weren't bullfrogs they were hearing. They paid no attention. Now you know I often swim in areas where alligators are seen, and have a picture to prove it
but that was in a clear spring, and not at dusk when the gators are active. Oh well, dumb people getting eaten just leaves more room on the water for me.
A weather note. Saturday, on the open water of the Lagoon, it felt hot. I applied sunscreen three times, yet came home with a white line on my redneck-the camera strap. The day's high was 77. On Sunday, it felt cooler, yet the high was 85. The cool spring Run, with 75% of the way under a canopy of trees makes a huge difference in comfort. I call it "The Spring Effect" Soon to join "wind chill factor" and "heat index" to describe "real feel" tempatures.
Hard to believe my Chas report is the first one on the site. Guess they did need a Central Florida Expert.
Continuing the amazing, but true theme, I only went out on Saturday, not Sunday. As I drove home, I felt a cold coming on. That explained why I was so tired on Friday night and in bed at 10- which was perfect for waking up at 5:30 Saturday and on the water at 8 am.
The cold hit full force Sunday morning. So, my excursion was limited to a walk to Albertson's for OJ, grapefruit and tangelos.
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.
I bought a used kayak in March, 2005 and began sending tales of trips to friends and family. That November, generous friends bought me a camera, Canon Powershot 400, so pictures were added to the tales. January 2007, I was able to add underwater photography, thanks to one of my brothers. I am now on my fifth camera. As of May, 2011, I have a Powershot 100 HS.
When I began kayaking in 2005, I would search the Internet for paddling information, trip reports, and practical advice. I hope this site adds to your knowledge and enjoyment.
My home in Winter Park, FL,north of Orlando,allows easy access to both coasts and all the spring fed rivers in between. Most Tales are day trips. No overnight stay required.
I welcome your comments and will try to respond to any questions you may have.
If you are in, or plan to visit Key West, call my brother, Andy Cannon, at 305-834-1209. If it floats, flies, fishes, swims, scubas, snorkels or sails, Andy can arrange your tour, rental or self-guided adventure. Happy Paddling!
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