Paddled through a tornado on Rock Springs Run this morning, Wednesday, May 18, 2011. First weekday morning paddle from Wekiwa Springs State Park since February 16, 2011. Temps must have been in the 60's as steam was rising off the 70 degree water as I launched at 7:40 am.
I looked at my bike odometer, which serves as my watch, and it read 2:05. Must have stopped. I figured I'd down the Wekiva and up Rock Springs Run until 3:45, that should get me back at 11:00. 3 hours 20 minutes.
Saw one limpkin chick, but its parent shooed it into the lily pads, where it disappeared.
In front of the log, just right of center.
I landed, and asked the young man at the concession shack the time. "10:41" I was early. So I could take time to photo the turkeys in the parking lot.
I also took a photo of a car and kayak in the lot. Not posted for privacy reasons, I can change that if the owner wants. She and a friend were working their way all the way down Rock Springs Run, picking up trash., in Park kayaks. I thought they would not find much, I saw four items, and picked up one. I was wrong. They picked up a two large trash bags full. If you see two women in ranger uniforms and Smokey Bear hats, thank them. They are volunteers. And is trash is in your reach, pick it up.
Then, cleanse yourself in Wekiwa Spring.
I got to work five minutes early. Talk about bad planning.
Ducks during my lunch/dinner break, 6:15 PM