I did not see the dolphin once I was in the water. I paddled north, and west, exploring the maze of small islands between Orange Island and Shipyard Island.
Snowy egrets. Waiting for leftovers?
My destination was Bethune Park, where I hoped to see manatees. I had not seen any manatees in this part of Mosquito Lagoon since November, 2009. This was my fourth visit since that date.
Saw another dolphin, again where the two channels meet. I landed at the Shell Mound, had a bite and walked to the summit.
The view from the boardwalk itself ain't to shabby.
Back into Mosquito Lagoon.
I saw one other paddler. Tandem kayaker. Some motor boats, but not to many.
More dolphins, including an old friend. I first saw the split dorsal fin, above, in May, 2003. Two years before I started kayaking on a weekly basis. " I immedatlely headed to a little pier on the Mosquito lagoon side where I had observed dolphins in the past. Two, three steps on the pier I thought, this is where the dolp- and there they were. Two dolphins. One had a split dorsal."
I passed the launch site, going a little bit further, turning back at the Eldora State House. Where pilings for new pier have been installed.
The dock at the Visitors Center is also being renovated. Your fee/tax/stimulas dollars at work. This is priceless. Oncoming dolphin, went under my kayak.
I landed just after 3:30. A couple was preparing to launch for a trip to the Orange Island campsite. They had to move their fully laden rubber raft to let me land. The guy asked if he could help me carry the yak to the car. I accepted. I think they have all the comforts of home.
I then saw something I've never seen in this part of the Mosquito Lagoon.
An alligator. I've seen them south of here, in the Haulover Canal area. Appropriate to see one the same day I saw the dolphin with the split dorsal fin, as it was on the day back in 2003, when I first saw the dolphin, that I coined the term "Florida Trifecta" Seeing three large, air breathing, water dwelling animals on the same day. The alligators that day were on Black Point Wildlife Drive.