There was a line of vehicles waiting for Wekiwa State Springs to open when I arrived. Nice to be able to bypass them and enter early. Not to early, I'm not sure if I opened the gate or the ranger did. It was 8:00 am. I almost thought of leaving, then thought, "none of the cars had a kayak on the roof". I was on the water at 8:15.
Down the Wekiva to Rock Springs Run.
A few minutes into the shaded section upstream of the Big Buck campsite. Decided to make it a short day so I could get the computer fixed. Mission accomplished. Plus, it was going to be a very hot afternoon, and I could see the end of the Badger game.
Took a short break at Big Buck. Did not see any. Or does.
Had the Run to myself for more than 3 hours. Saw an otter, swimming underwater, on the Wekiva.
The only gator of the day has in the algae and hydrilla, above. Two guys were casting into the green goo, the gator went after a fish on the line, tail flying out of the water. Two more dickheads were fishing inside the barrier. Their canoe can be seen in the above pic. "Hey green shirt, the barrier is there for a reason!" Reason being, to keep herbicide from getting down stream. Breach the barrier, it gets out. Seeing the error of their ways, they paddled out.
This was my first time on Rock Springs Run since August 18. On that day, a fellow paddler began a campaign to ban disposables on the Wekiva River and Rock Springs Run. I've spread the word on the Green Wave Forum. http://www.clubkayak.com/greenwave/default.asp?message=7863 No one has commented about it there, hopefully their time was spent contacting the parties that can implement a disposables ban. Or at least, enforce the no alcohol rule. Please add your voice to this effort.