I shared the Wekiva River with six canoers and kayakers. A mother and son in a canoe approached the turtle/alligator log very closely. Had to be only turtles I thought. I thought correctly. I told them about the alligator that often occupies the log. Mom, in a British accent, replied, "We saw an alligator further down". This one, perhaps.
I saw about 8 alligators, compared to 1 on my cool Sunday paddle. Beautiful afternoon. I'd guess high seventies, low eighties, tolerable humidity, breezy. Swim trunks and t-shirt, no jacket required. I like not sweating as I paddle up Rock Springs Run.
Passed two of the three primitive camp sites, Otter and Indian Mound. Both empty. As was Rock Springs Run. I was almost to Big Buck Camp when I noticed a green canoe coming downstream. Paddled by Joanne, who enjoys Rock Springs Run as much as I do. She told me about some deer up the Run. She had been unable to get any photos. I have peaked at her Facebook page. She saw deer down the Run after we parted. I also saw deer, up the Run a few minutes after our chat. Two on my left, they moved into the brush. One on the right, which I was able to photo.
Entering the tree lined part of the Run, upstream of Big Buck, I told myself I'd count ten animals, then turn around.
I arrived at 10 quickly, so I kept going. According to the next photo, I turned around at 3:49.
I missed an eleventh critter during my 10 count. Across from the two turtles. A massive alligator. Not one to linger near, or paddle back upstream for a better picture.
Fifteen minutes later, up Run of Big Buck, I saw the deer in the opening photo of this Tale. Ten minute later, another d"ear".
The ibis, which were in the trees Sunday, were mostly on the banks this afternoon.
I stopped at Indian Mound. I'm trying to pick which site to camp at when my tent arrives. It left Doraville, GA, at 9:38 this evening. Indian Mound has a 2 foot high rooty bank, which could be a pain with a fully loaded yak. I'm thinking the best campsite could be one not on Rock Springs Run, but on the Wekiva. Buffalo Tram. No shallow water to worry about, and it is well hidden from the River. Also has a low bank. But, RSR is better than the Wekiva for large mammals like deer and bears.
I saw the seventh deer of the afternoon in the heavy wooded area downstream, Run left, of Otter Camp. Which also has a high bank.
Last photo from the yak, 6:35 PM.
I took more photos at Sand Lake, my new found deer spot. Saw four on along the 2 mile Park road. Parked at Sand Lake. A sidewalk extends from the lot to a restroom. No deer in the scrub as last Tuesday and Sunday. The lake is behind the restroom. I walked to it. A buck stood about halfway between the lake and the restroom. I snapped the camera. Blackness. The buck did not move. I did, a few yards, where a doe stood. The waning light must have been a little better.