Now its time to see where I can launch the yak here at Nature's Landing. I don't like launching off docks, so I may end up driving a few blocks to the launch at the beach. Across from Park Place, where I stayed last time. Stay tuned.I back. Launched at the beach/City Park. Highlight of the afternoon.
Now, back to the beginning. There was void- too far. Out of bed just before 5, on the road at 6, on the water at 8:20.
I don't think the launch has a name, other than Levy County Wacasassa Boat Ramp. At the end of County Road 326. There is an exit for 326 in Ocala. I got off on the prior exit, US 27. Took that 4 lane divided highway until it crossed the 2 lan3 326, took that to the launch. 5 guys were headed out in an airbboat as I launched. "Which way you guys headed?" I rasped. Hand to ear. Not due to engine noise, it wasn't on. I have a cold and am very hoarse. I repeated. "That way" Pointing towards the Gulf. "Okay, I'll go the other" Which had been my intention.
Good Saturday morning, 9:30 am from the balcony. Waiting for the tide to go out. Small craft advisory, so I'm going to stay in the protected waterways around the condo. I recalled a fellow paddler had stayed at Natures Landing. I found her Paddle Tale and she did launch from next to a little dock I'm looking at from the balcony. I'll try it.
View from my third floor balcony. Which is four flights up. Or elevator. I have a covered parking spot.
I checked it out for a place to launch the kayak.
Not a good day to paddle across to Astena Otie. I paddled along the Dock Street eateries and bars, to the fishing pier, and turned around. Waves at my back, I surfed past the beach, and turned into a channel. The Number 2 Channel.
The pelicans are at the Old Fennimore Inn. Great location. Gulf and channel frontage. $170 a night. Spoonbills not guaranteed.
I,m back from my sojourn to Dock Street, and downtown. Thought of stopping for a drink and an appetizer, but than thought why? I have cheese, crackers, and a-two spoonbills just flew by- as I was saying a great view from the balcony. Make that three rosette spoonbills. Probalbly the same ones I saw yesterday. Continuing with Saturday's Tale, here are a few more spooonie pics.
I puzzled over what the above contraption is. Has to related to Cedar Key's main industry. Clam farming. I'll have some local clams for dinner tonight. That's Saturday night.
Back on the Gulf.
I interupted dinner as I landed.
I had to get out of the yak and carry it to shore as the tide had gone out. No extra weight from water leaking in. The duct tape worked fine this time. Back to the condo.
Photo inspired by John H., cousin Katie, and Lowell George. My view must be to the north, because I had to tren my head left to see this.
And so ends Day One of my three day Cedar Key Weekend. Last photo from Friday posted 5 pm, Saturday.