Happy Mother's Day from Mosquito Lagoon. I got a late start, and the parking lot at the launch location was full. There is another lot about a quarter mile down the road, and one a bit closer in the other direction. I parked in the closer lot, which is a longer drive, as the road is one way, and you have to do a loop. It was after 10:30 when I got in the Mosquito Lagoon.
Paddled north, out of the Canaveral National Seashore, to the cove at Bethune Park. Saw manatees for the first time since September 28, 2008 on a National Seashore paddle. Three in the cove. I did not see any more.
Saw dolphins in couple locations. Off Turtle Mound, and off the Eldora dock. One dolphin followed me, or I it, from the Mound to the dock. I took a break at Turtle Mound. Views from the top. Looking south.
East. Mother, mother ocean, I have heard your call.
Not a lot of birds. Cormorants, osprey, great blue herons, belted kingfishers, and of course, pelicans.
I paddled south to Castle Windy, then back to the launch. Went past it a bit. A last manatee search. Landed sometime after three. I had to ask the family who had just about set up camp at the launch site to move. "It's our first time we didn't know" What, you don't see the canoe launch sign at the entrance, you're too dumb to know you do not put your coolers and chairs in the middle of the launch, too frikkin lazy to move your crap down the shore? I did not say that, but I thought it. I saved my speech for the Visitor Center. Which was closed. So I just sent an email, suggesting an "Anglers Keep Launch Area Clear" sign, or direct them to an adjacent parking lot. I'll keep you posted.
After visits to the Canaveral National Seashore, I occasionally stop at JB's Fish Camp for a beer and a bite. But, after a so so cheeseburger Saturday at Caladesi, I decided to visit and old favorite, The Breakers in New Smyrna Beach. I had not been there since February 2004. Hurricane Jeanne in September, 2004 tore the place up.
Well, its back, and so was I.
After spending 14 hours in the yak over the weekend, I had no need to sit on the new deck, Besides, I could still see the Atlantic from the bar. Plus sports on TV.
The best burger in Central Florida. This is the 3 cheese burger. American, Swiss, Provolone. My Wisconsin roots coming through.