I had not made up my mind on where to paddle this morning until I was preparing to go. Narrowed it down to the Homosassa River and Salt Springs Run. I had only paddled all of Salt Springs once, September 20, 2008.
I'm glad I returned. The launch fee at Salt Spring Marina has gone up, $5 now.
I was in the water about 10 after 9. I used my new rack, carrying the kayak on its side. Worked fine. Only problem is I can't load the kayak the night before, as it won't fit thorough the garage door. Not that it fit sitting flat. Well, it barely fit. Last week I finished the job of tearing off the bottom metal piece of the garage door.
Salt Springs Marina is on the right side of the Run if you are at Salt Spring. A landing for the Salt Springs Campground is across from the Marina. I began paddling to the Springs. Never got there, as I thought I saw a manatee off the campground landing.
. I submitted to temptation, and touched one, briefly.
Not a bad start. I'm going to do a critter count, beginning with the manatees, 1.
camp sites. I know where I'll stay if I ever camp here.
Great blue heron 4.
Green heron 6
Salt Springs Run is a broad, river-like water way. Shallow, especially near the banks. My last visit, I did not see a lot of wildlife. Which may be why I haven't been back in 3 years. Today's wildlife abundance had me regretting my absence.
Cornell U site for the ID.
Easy pickin's for local gators.
After my other visit to Salt Springs Run, I wrote there are two high areas on the left that are the only places to land. This trip, I saw three. Perhaps one of the three was underwater back in August 2008, when Tropical Storm Fay had rivers high throughout Central Florida. I took a break at the first at about 11:25.
Cross country travel, damaging natural resources and blocking traffic is prohibited.
During general gun season, all camping is restricted to designated camping areas and campgrounds.
Groups large enough to impact natural resources must obtain a special use permit in advance"
Looking up Run from the midden.
On a windy day, this inland sea could get rough. No such problem today. The only drawback is the near shore area is shallow. Great for wading birds. Not so great for getting closeups of said waders.
On second thought, and looking at a map, they may not be.
I saw a bald eagle fly through the trees. Had to be the second one of the day, as the one I saw earlier was still in its tree.
Back to the Salt Springs "Marina" at 2:50. I did not land. Had to see if the manatees were still around. From the boats gathered, four or five kayaks and canoes, and a couple power boats, I figured they were.
Even more than the 3 in the morning, at least 5, maybe 7. But more human traffic, so I landed.
Thirteen minutes later, I had the first picture from inside Salt Springs.
I did not see any yearlings, or adult deer. But they had been around. Lots of deer scat.
I love the Internet. Not only is it a platform for Dave's Yak Tales, but I can identify sh...stuff. Looks like bobcat poop to me.
For more pleasant pics, the Florida scrub jay.
I had a pretty good day.