I wanted to get an early start Saturday, April 16, 2011 to avoid the forecast high winds. But. low tide was early this morning. The little inlet in front of the condo was a mud flat. Great for bid watching as I had a leisurely breakfast. Today I did launch from the condo. Down a bank next to a little pier, pushed the yak through some foot high grass, sank a bit in the muck, and shoved off. 10:20 am Into the now navigable inlet. Saw a opening on the right and entered.
The pelicans and friends were in the middle of the channel. An open area on the other side looked inviting. I let the wind blow me across. Until crruuunchhhh. Grounded on an oyster bed. I could not turn around. So, I got out, walked to deeper water, walked a bit more as I knew the current would blow me back, and got out of the jam.
I read on the condo owner's website, that it Cemetery Point Park is on the Number 2 Channel, and can be reached by land or water. I made a land visit in September. Saw many wading birds, including rosette spoonbills. So, I hoped to find it via the water today.
I paddled into the wind, and more often, a cross wind. For the first time, I thought a paddle leash would be a good thing to have. That's a line from the kayak to the paddle. So, if you dropped it, it won't go far. Twice, I put the paddle down, probably to blow my nose, and had to quickly snatch it as it blew away. Actually, I'm proud of my reflexes. The waters around and inside Cedar Key have a lot of abandoned boats. Don't want to add mine.
I saw the walkway at Cemetery Point Park. And the cemetery.
Landed at 12:30. Had lunch, continued writing Friday's Tale, then went for a walk.
I was expecting a bit more spray with the 25 mph wind. Views from the fishing pier.
I did not even see the pelican when I took the next picture.
I considered having a beverage and appetizer at a waterfront establishment, but as I mentioned in Friday's Tale, I decided I had beverages, apps, and a view back at the condo. So, I kept walking. The two block central business district.
The Gulf is 4-5 blocks away, more water, a block on the other side.
Last Labor Day weekend, I mentioned how friendly folks are in Cedar Key. Now they can say the same about me. I helped a guy push a horse carriage from a grassy lot to his trailer on the street. "Isn't the horse supposed to be doing this?"
They offered to take me back to the condo once the got the horse hitched up, I declined. I need the exercise. I brought both bikes, but the wind and my cold have caused me to leave them unused so far. Back to the condo, and the nature "trail". Probably 150 yards, maybe less, including the dock.
And a great egret and a pelican.
As the water in the inlet receded, more pelicans came, to feast on the fish trapped in the remaining water. As it got to shallow for pelicans, small birds darted about. And another, closer visit from spoonbills.
I like being on the third floor, four levels off the ground. I don't like not kayaking, but it was just too windy. Here's a view from the front door, as I left for dinner.
Looking over the roof of the City Park restrooms/pavilion, towards Dock Street. Where I went to the Pickled Pelican. Ate there twice in September. Why mess with success?
by another appetizer.
Tastiest popcorn shrimp I've ever had. Will be heating up what I brought back to the condo shortly. Speaking of heat.