I was on the River at 12:50.
Two fishermen in a canoe landed as I was launching, another kayaker put in just after me. Three more kayakers coming up River, on the east side of the island downstream of Wekiva Haven, as I floated down the Wekiva on the west side. That's it for paddlers
It was warm. Too warm for alligators to be out of the water. At least I did not see any.
Out of the water, that is. The three pics above are all of the same alligator.
|Young wood ducks|
Too bad is was on the St. Johns, and not the Wekiva. The St. Johns has TMGDFBMWs. That's to many gol darn fast boats making wakes. Not one which noticed the eagle. Poor saps. The eagle had enough of the commotion, and found another perch, before leaving the area.
|More young wood ducks|
As I drove away, more turkeys. Crossing Wekiva Park Road. Two adults and a gang of chicks. I made a slight detour to check out the new launch at Wilson's Landing.
First thing I noticed, the dirt parking area is getting paved, and is now marked "Canoe Drop off" or something like that. Can't remember as I compose on Sunday. So, you need to drop your boat, drive to the main lot, and walk back. No space anymore to park under the trees.
A short canal has to be cleared.
An example of a good ramp is the one at Silver River State Park. Wide, gradual slope, rubber mat surface.
If I launch again from Wilson's, which is a good spot for up Wekiva River trips, I'll put in at the old spot between the trees.