Merry Christmas Eve. I kayaked Blackwater Creek from the Seminole State Forest to the Wekiva River, the Wekiva to the St Johns River today, December 24, 2010. And back. No one on Blackwater Creek. Other then a bear. Just two fishing boats on the Wekiva.
Launching in the Seminole State Forest requires a permit, which includes the combination to a locked gate. I always enjoy locking the gate behind me, thinking I'm entering my private preserve. A 2 mile drive, and I was at the launch site. In the Creek just after 9.
Limpkins and scenic Blackwater Creek.
I had a brief glance at a deer, a flash through the forest. Many good looks a wood ducks. They constantly took flight when I got within 20 yards. 15 minutes later, I'd approach, and again, a noisy take off. This repeated all the way down Creek. All those ducks, just one photo.
Saw a large turkey flock, at least ten birds marching through the woods. Once again, too far to photo as I slowly made way down Blackwater Creek. Saving my strength for the return paddle. Took two hours to reach my break spot. I was not the only large mammal to relieve myself here.
Bear poop. How do I know? Looks a lot like the stuff here
Back in the yak, I was seeing lots of robins. Very active, not landing for very long. Finally, I caught this pair.
Four kayakers were taking a break, coming from Katie's Landing, taking out at Highbanks Marina. One way paddling, what's the sport in that?
At the entrance to Blackwater Creek, a turkey is well camouflaged among the cypress roots.
Up the Creek.
That makes the last two Christmas Eves I've seen bears in the Seminole State Forest. Or close to it. I think I was in Lower Wekiva State Preserve land when I saw today's bear.