Made the first of what will be many visits to Wekiwa Springs State Park in 2011 today, Sunday, January 2. Turkeys in the parking lot.
I was on the water at 9 am.
The usual down the Wekiva River, up Rock Springs Run.
A beautiful day. Got up to 79, light wind, partly cloudy. I was warm on the unshaded sections. First time I recall feeling warm, working up a sweat, since Thanksgiving in the Keys.
No one paddling, Otter Camp and Indian Mound were empty. A canoe was beached at Big Buck.
Past Big Buck, I encountered the first downstream paddlers. A kayaker, followed a few minutes later by a solo canoer in a King's Landing Rental. I turned back at 11:10, after taking the above photo.
Passing Big Buck again, the canoer had stopped there, chatting with some hikers. I continued, taking a break at Indian Mound, taking a brief walk of my own.
Back in the yak, past Otter Camp.
Continuing down the Run.
I did not see any deer. Somewhat unusual for Rock Springs Run. As I got closer to the Wekiva, I began to encounter folks enjoying the nice day.
It was so warm, that I saw turtles sunning from the start of the paddle. Surely, I'd see gators. Saw one, at it quickly went into the water.
Returning to the Wekiva, paddlers were talking about a monkey. On Rock Springs Run, just upstream of the confluence. From the description, brown, long tail, it had to be a rhesus monkey. Cold weather migrant from the Silver River?
I paddled back up the Run, then down the Wekiva, but it was gone.
I did see an otter.
Landed at 1:45. Took a hike, about 4 miles.
Coming to a fork in the trail, I took it. A seat. And then headed back.
No deer on land or water today.
Snorkeled the minnow packed Wekiwa Spring.
I made one last deer search. Drove to Sand Lake. Shut out, deer speaking, for the day.
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.