One car in the river lot when I arrived just before 9. I say "river lot" to distinguish it from the lot where bikers, hikers, fishermen and picnicers park. Construction in progress. What appears to be a handicap space, a concrete slab with a new sidewalk leading to the restrooms and other, paved parking area. And, a dock.
I tried it out. Rollers on the surface of the dock. Grab the rails and pull yourself up.
A great idea, but. Not sure how the footing will be as area under the kayak is "V" shaped. Once you do get out of your craft, you will have to lift it high over the railings and turn sharply to carry ashore. The rollers, though are great. A push on the rails, and I backed into the Hillsborogh with ease.
|Grear blue heron 1|
|Blue heron 3|
|Tri color heron 4|
|Rosette spoonbill 5|
The Hillsborough River is a favorite due to many factors. One being the plentiful and diverse wildlife. Is that 2 reasons? Throughout this Tale, I am counting the critters. Five so far.
|Great Egret 7|
I noting each new animal, not numbering each photo.
A nice morning, sunny, little wind, sixties.
|Limpkin 9 with ibis and spoonbill|
The tree above marks the end of the broad, shallow section of the Hillsborogh. Great for wading birds, as you have seen. I now entered the cypress forest.
Got to Morris Bridge at 10:45. Kept on paddling.
Not many people on the River. I think I saw more private kayaks and canoes then the red rental canoes from Canoe Escape.
I expected to see more gators, but I guess it was not warm enough.
Approached Sargeant Park, at the confluence of the Flint and Hillsborough Rivers, at 12:20. I continued up the Hillsborough.
|Not the best cormorant 13 photo|
|Black crowned night heron 14|
Paddled past Morris Bridge Park at 3:00 pm.
|Snowy egret 15|
Just one boat on the Morris Bridge to Trout Creek section.
I was back to Trout Creek at 4:40. Instead of landing, I paddled up Trout Creek.
Trout Creek has a sulphur spring that keeps the water warm. I have seen some very big gators here. This one, for instance.
I landed at 5:15. No time for a bike ride after 8 hours on the River. 15 different animals pictured.
Could have been 16 but the two deer on the bank behind the huge gator on Trout Creek were to quick for me. Good thing they are fast, one would make a nice snack for that behemoth.