|Brown river meets blue spring|
Three canoes left Rum Springs Park as I approached, I saw no one else on the River as I paddled to Poe Springs
Feel free to advise people that you see landing near the spring, that you have it directly from Adventure Outpost that we don't want them landing in the spring basin. Tell them Lars and Patsy said so."
I went "home", packed, tidied up, staying in a home is a different feeling than a hotel, I want to be invited back. I can't say enough about my lodgings. The aluminum trailer might not look like much from the outside, but inside it had everything. I emailed the owner I knew it wasn't a hotel, and would bring my own bath soap and shampoo, and would I need dish soap, paper towels ect. I needed nothing. There was even coffee in the fridg. When I asked what time I had to leave, the response was "At your leisure"
Small town hospitality at its best. I left the rent in an undisclosed location (the owner suggested it) locked the door behind me, locking the keys in a lock box, and left about 1:30. I left when I did to get a couple hours in on the Ichetucknee River.
The float plan was to paddle up about an hour from the Last Takeout to Devil's Eye Spring (a different devil from the one on the Santa Fe) maybe take a dip, then head back. I started out at 2:15.
One car in the parking lot. On the Ich, I saw dark shapes ahead. Otters? Then a bright yellow flipper. Two guys snorkeling down the River. They asked how much farther to the takeout, I told them I had left 15 minutes ago. Then three paddlers coming down the River. A woman at the Midpoint Landing. I figured she'd be the last person I'd see. Wrong. Not a lot of people, but a unique sight. A guy snorkeling. Up the River. I saw him atMill Pond Spring He was past it, I went into the spring run, not to far, it is an restricted area to let him get ahead. Of course, its much easier to paddle up River then to swim, so I soon caught up. I slowed down, to take these photos.
I decided he deserved to have it to himself, so I ended the weekend with 10 springs swum. Plus at least that many viewed from the yak or land.
It was 3:40 as I paddled back down the Ichethucknee.
I looked behind me, and there was the snorkeler, doing a butterfly stroke, coming down the River. He had a heck of a work out. Training for an Ironman Triathlon? He must have got out at the Midpoint Landing, just up stream of these limestone formations.
At Coffee Springs, an animal moved through the woods. First thought deer, but it was smaller, feline, with a short tail. Had to be a bobcat. Just had a brief glance. Here is Coffee Spring.
A few minutes later, I saw a deer flash through the woods. Only the third of the weekend. One on the drive to Ichetucknee on Saturday, the other on the side of US 27 on the way to Peacock Springs on Sunday.