I worked to 11:35 am, today, Saturday, November 6, 2010. On the water at Wekiwa Springs State Park just after 12:30. Nice when the first photo of the day is the opener. Truth be told, second photo, I deleted the first.
A cold front came through, the rain I avoided Thursday morning on Lake Maitland. Mid day temps were in the low 60's. Windy. I wore a light jacket for the first time in months, and long pants. Cool temps kept the crowds down. Except for northerners. As I was arriving, two guys in shorts were putting their kayak on the car. "What northern state are you guys from?" "Pennsylvania". At the launch area, a group of New Yorkers.
I don't think the sky can get any bluer.
Watched an otter dine.
Finished, it went down the Run, looked at me one last time, then disappeared underwater.
Another water creature. Brown water snake or water moccasin? I always err on the side of caution.
So I did not get close to see it open it mouth.
I was past Big Buck, into a tree canopied area of Rock Springs Run, and thought I had seen my last person. I had seen three boats so far. Now, a boy scout troop, 5 canoes, on the way down Run to camp at the Otter site.
I headed up Rock Springs Run for another 20 minutes, turning back at 3, with the view above.
I was hoping, no, expecting, to see deer. Only saw one, and was unable to get a photo.
Back to the Wekiva, where the second illegal motor boat of the day belched noxious fumes. At least the first one was electric. These criminals are towing a Wekiva Island rental canoe.
Ah, Wekiva Island. "conceived as an environmentally responsible oasis" or so states their website. So why do they have a motorboat illegally on the River? Why not send two guys in a canoe to pick up the canoe one of their beer swilling patrons abandoned on the River? Alcohol is illegal on the Wekiva and Rock Springs Run. Of course, I saw some yahoos in Wekiva Island kayaks with beers. Environmentally responsible, I don't think so.
I landed at 5:45. Paused on the way up the hill for a flock of turkeys
Kayak secured on the car. I drove to Sand Lake. No deer on the way, none in the open field, or on the trail around the lake. Two on the way back, bucks, one two pointer on the left side, a six pointer that walked along the right side of the road, into an area with high grass and scattered trees, just before the campground road, nonchalantly strolling. To dark for photos to turn out.
I bought a used kayak in March, 2005 and began sending tales of trips to friends and family. That November, generous friends bought me a camera, Canon Powershot 400, so pictures were added to the tales. January 2007, I was able to add underwater photography, thanks to one of my brothers. I am now on my sixth camera. As of May, 2014, I have a Powershot 115 IS.
When I began kayaking in 2005, I would search the Internet for paddling information, trip reports, and practical advice. I hope this site adds to your knowledge and enjoyment.
My home in Winter Park, FL,north of Orlando,allows easy access to both coasts and all the spring fed rivers in between. Many Tales are day trips. No overnight stay required.
I welcome your comments and will try to respond to any questions you may have. If you are in, or plan to visit Key West, call my brother, Andy Cannon, at 305-748-0728. If it floats, flies, fishes, swims, scubas, snorkels or sails, Andy can arrange your tour, rental or self-guided adventure.