I wanted to go the Wekiwa Springs State and Rock Springs Run. But, it rained a lot Monday. And Wednesday, with very high winds. Trees down all over. I need to collect the shingles from my back yard. Yesterday, rain all day. I figured chances are Rock Springs Run will be blocked. So, off to Katie's Landing to paddle the broader Wekiva River. Lots of debris, branches, palm fronds, a couple small trees down, but the way to the River is clear. I launched about 2:15.
The weather was sunny, no clouds, windy. Out of the south. At my back. I hate when that happens downstream.
A bird with a forked tail flew overhead. Frigate bird was my first thought. Then I realized I had spent to much time the night before looking at photos from my last trip to Cedar Key. It was the first swallow tail kite I've seen this season. A bit late, usually I start seeing them in March.
I paddled past Blackwater Creek, past the section where it looks like three rivers converge, and a little bit past the big cypress tree on the left bank that looks like a hitchhiker. At least to me. A thick branch extends at tree top level. The thumb. I turned back at 4. Would have gone farther, but I now had to paddle into both wind and current.
I almost had the Wekiva to myself. Two boats were beached at the high spot where people camp and picnic. And a fishing boat when I turned around. The first group was gone on the way back.
High spot 4-1-11.
High spot 3-19-11.
With the high water I thought I may see a manatee, but no such luck. Of course the high water made the Wekiva darker than it has been, so I could have paddled over a manatee without being aware of it.
One more boat, father and daughters in motor boat. That made 6 for the afternoon.
I landed at 7:10. Last pic of the day, 7:30.