The first part of my plan, seeing a lot of wildlife, began as soon as I launched from the Chassawhowitzka Campground at 9:15.
Two manatees in Houseboat Spring.
As usual, I took the shallow route, to the right, north of a three island chain.
Kayaked to Crawford Creek. And up Crawford, out of the Refuge, out of Citrus County, into Hernando County. I may have left the Refuge, but it was still wild.
Distant bald eagle. I got much closer, but it took flight as I was aiming the camera.
Back to the Chas.
No pics from Potter Creek, which was crowded. A slow moving group of 8 or so kayakers. I passed them, wanting to get to the end of Potter Creek, so I could paddle up the lovely Ruth Spring.
The short run to Ruth Spring is narrow and twisting, no room for multiple boats.
Back to the Chasahowitzka.
I explored another tributary, Salt Creek. Salt Creek has several channels, but I think I found one of the three springs that are the source of Salt Creek.
The, or a, manatee was still near the launch area. I landed at 3:40. Almost 6.5 hours, manatees, a buck, bald eagle, alligators. And a fishing net, picked up out of the River. 2011 is off to a good start.