A deer crossed the park road as I drove in. I had not seen any in this part of the Park for awhile. As I unloaded the kayak, another deer, or perhaps the same one, wandered in the parking lot. As usual, turkeys were out and about.
One of these pontoons has been tied up at the launch site for several months. Now there are three. I googled, eco fitness fishing machine, found nothing. Nor is there anything on the Wekiwa Springs State Park website. Anybody know anything about these? I assume they are for rent to putz around the lagoon area.
The usual winter morning mist. Windbreaker and wind pants. But warm enough for bare feet. I must have been so distracted by the deer that I kept my shoes and socks on. Did not feel like walking back up the hill for my boat shoes.
:Since I began about 8, I had to turn back at 9:30 to get back to Wekiwa Springs at 11. That gives me time to get the kayak up the hill, snorkel, change, leave, stop at Wendy's and get to work at 12:30. Saw one otter, no photo. It was 9:26 when I saw the first deer of the paddle.
Upstream of Indian Mound on Rock Springs Run, not quite to the old logging tram pilings. Perfect time to turn back.
Saw the first alligator of the day. Just the head above the water. Saw the entire thing as I paddled over it in the clear water. A small one.
Just one person on the water. A fisherman. Told me two otters were nearby. Unfortunately, I did not have time to wait for them to reappear.