View from the balcony, or rather, the perch, at my lodging, Pelican Perch, at 7:26 am, Sunday, April 17, 2011. Not the above picture, below.
I've been looking for info on the "Number 2 Channel" Here's a Map from the Cedar Key Chamber of Commerce. Natures Landing is on Depot Street. On Saturday I paddled through Back Bayou, through the Number 2 Bridge, to Cemetery Point. Interesting, to me, to see the route after the fact.
A clam boat coming in. One that docked just before had a boat full of bushel baskets, full of clams.
I had a 1:30 check out, but left early. Final look from the balcony, 10:56. A sheen of water over the mud.
Atsena Otie was the original "Cedar Key" Began as a Army depot for the Seminole Wars, later a pencil factory. Which was destroyed by a hurricane and tidal surge in 1896. Ruins can be seen in the interior of the island. I have yet to explore inland.
I've been searching the web trying to find the origins of this pier. Anybody know?
The duct tape was holding, a little moisture was coming in, but not to bad. However, I decided against paddling more open water to Snake Key, and Seahorse Key. About a 5 hour paddle. Did not want to do something that strenuous and then drive home. So, I decided to just circle Astena Otie. Something I did last September. At low tide, in the rain. Not the most enjoyable paddle I've ever had. Today was much better;
Here's a Map , from the Suwannee River Water Management District, of Atsena Otie to give some perspective. It is not accurate. I entered one, and exited another, channel on the west side of the key.
Calmer on the southwest side of the key.
I found out why the air boat kept stopping and starting. A large group of people were on the island, near the aircrap. More than would fit on it. So, the owner had to make several trips in his machine. Waking the dead each time.
I explored the interior of the island from the north end. I've never been in this area before. Did not know until today that, you can, at high tide only, I'd guess, paddle through Atsena Otie. Something for my next visit.
Cruise around Atsena Otie Key complete, I headed back towards Cedar Key. If price were no object, I'd take the top floor right unit. Gulf, and channel views.
Tide was in. I have photos with most of this wreck out of the water. I was able to cross the channel into an area where I grounded Saturday. Looking for spoonbills. No luck as I paddled a maze of mangrove lined channels.
Posted the above pic for the poop. See all the white on the leaves? This is where the black crowed night herons hang out. Once again, not one stayed around. They saw me before I spotted them, bursting out of the mangroves. And I'm quiet.
Back to the Gulf.