I got on the water at 2:15, and almost immediately saw three dolphins. Feeding. I was able to get several coveted tail in the air shots as they worked the bottom.
Here is a map of the Seashore. I launched just north of the Eldora Hammock. My plan was to hug the east shore of Mosquito Lagoon, inside the little islands. But, a fishing boat was in that channel. To paraphrase Wee Willie Keeler, I like to "paddle where they ain't". So I paddled northwest, among the islands near Orange Island.
I've seen rosette spoonbills in this area. None today, but white pelicans are just as spectacular.
I saw a red arrow. A marker for the Shipyard Island Trail. I think I entered near marker 8.
And exited at 14. There are markers on Trail, but I need the map, which I did not have with me. to know which way to go. There were three options on what direction to go, I followed the current and exited Shipyard Island on the west side.
Two dolphins. One an old friend I've been seeing since 2003. Before I started kayaking. A local in a kayak said, "We call him Finny." I knew she was a local, or at least had been to the cove before, as she knew where to look for manatees. Near a dock. None around today. Time for me to go. It was 4:30, and I had a long paddle ahead of me. Into a freshening south wind. Turtle Mound did not block it.