I put the yak on my new kayak cart, and got down the hill with ease. The cart is an LL Bean Stow-Away. $66.95 including shipping. I stowed it in the stern and pushed off at 7:45. Temperatures must have been somewhere in the low-mid sixties as steam rose off the Wekiva River.
I rarely see black crowned night herons on the Wekiva and Rock Springs Run, so this was a pleasant surprise before the confluence.
The otter is in the upper right, below the tree limb. Click on the picture for a better view. The deer hangout is on the opposite bank. Where the tree canopy falls away downstream from Otter Camp, behind a screen of shrubbery.More herons.
Just as I was thinking, "I may not see anyone out here", boom ! three kayakers in rentals from the park headed up the Run, then a family headed back downstream. Back to the Wekiva, I stopped counting at ten. I thought Spring Break ended at Easter.These turtles were fine with the activity.
But this snapper disappeared after the picture.
This reptile was to big to be bothered.
Not that some knuckleheads didn't think about it. A kayaker told me she heard somebody say, "let's touch it" She told them that was not a good idea. Turns out the kayaker was someone who I have exchanging kayak stories and pictures with for a few years. I thought it might be J.B., but not seeing a trash picker upper thing, thought, no, and it was much too late for a paddler who I know loves predawn starts. "Are you Dave?" I was, am. Recognized the kayak. Meaning she pays more attention to the Yak Tales then some members of my immediate family who were not aware I had a new (used) kayak.
Other avid readers know that blue herons start out white. This one is undergoing its metamorphosis.
I landed about 10:50, got the yak on the cart and wheeled up the hill. Rattling over the pavers, then through the sand/dirt with no problems. Much less taxing (pun intended on April 15) then the old drag carry. J.B. suggested that halfway up I divert to a boardwalk. As my car was on top of the dirt hill, I went that route. I also wanted to give the cart a true test. But, in the future, I think I'll use the boardwalk method. I eyed it as I headed to the Spring for a brief swim. Seems like a good route to take.