I was able to launch the yak at Fort Maitland Park this morning, December 22, 2010 for a two hour paddle before my late day at work.
Some different ducks from the usual mallards and wood ducks seen on Lake Maitland. Blue winged teal?
I think the recent cold weather has added to the colors. All of a sudden the cypress trees have turned orange. It was a bit cool at the start, I had a windbreaker and long pants, but this afternoon, while I worked, it felt warmer then it has in two weeks.
Familiar wood ducks.
Once I was through the canal and Lake Nina, I paddled counterclockwise around the rim of Lake Minnehaha.
Lake Nina and the canal were jammed. 4 boats. More than I've seen before on a weekday morning.
Back on Lake Maitland, an otter swam. It stayed underwater when I got close. Perhaps, I'd see it later, on land, or a dock.
The wind was at my back as I paddled east.
Turned around, here.
A kayaker at the edge of the dock snapping pictures didn't phase this guy.
An early Merry Christmas to my readers. Three day weekend. I will of course, be paddling all three days. Not sure yet where I'll go. Leaning to staying home and doing day trips. Just sent an email for a Seminole State Forest permit, so I'll have that as an option. Just kayaking and biking, not camping this year.