Wednesday, June 29, 2011
It was raining as I left work, but no rain when I began paddling at 6:35.
|Young blue heron|
|Yellow crowned night heron|
Sunday, June 26, 2011
So, we arrived at the Forest, left Steph's car at the Bear Pond lot (no sense on both of us driving the 2 miles to the put in on the washboard Sand Road), unlocked the gate, drove in, locked it behind us, headed to the launch. Arrived, unloaded the kayaks, drove back, unlock, gate, lock. Got Steph's car, we both drove to Katie's Landing, 5 miles launch to launch. Left my car, back to the Seminole State Forest.
In the Creek at 10 past 10.
Anyone know what the white flowers/weeds are? Queen Anne's Lace was one suggestion. I looked it up. Negative on the Queen Anne, but I can't find what it is.
Snakes are all over the waters I paddle, but for some reason, I rarely see them. This one was just in front of the above blue heron.
palmedes swallowtail ?
We did not see the dear bear I saw on Saturday. I did send an email to the office I get the Seminole State Forest use permit. I think the guys in the jonboat took it. Get skunked fishing, bring home bear meat.
We stopped at the high ground for a break. A nice perk about taking someone kayking. Steph brought lunch. A Publix sub. An upgrade from my usual sandwich. As we ate, the biggest boat I have ever seen on the Creek approached. Its a small Creek, so a 15 foot bass boat with a 30 horse is huge. "Where does this go" "Lake Norris" "Can we get there" "No" "Does it go to a place called Seminole Springs" "No, Lake Norris". They turned around. There is a Seminole Springs near the Seminole State Forest. A small spring, on private property. It feeds Seminole Creek, which flows into the Wekiva River. I have never heard of anyone paddling Seminole Creek. Must be tiny.
Speaking of tiny.
We entered the Wekiva River at 1:45. Saturday, I went left, downriver to the St Johns River. Today, we paddled upriver to Katie's Landing.
|Great blue heron|
|Tri colored heron|
Birds seen but not pictured include limpkin, osprey and black crowned night heron. We landed at 4, got the kayaks on my car, drove back to the Seminole State Forest.
I'm ready to go again.
While I was focusing on the broad view, Stephanie was capturing more intimate images. Here are a few.
Anyone know about River Reeves? A search of the internet came up empty.
Steph found the answer:
from the Palatka Daily News Obitiuaries, there came more details:
Frank Richard Reeves, 54, of Debary, died Monday, November 18, 2002 at Central Florida Regional Hospital in Sanford .
Mr. Reeves was an electrician for Seminole County Schools and was a Navy veteran who moved to West Volusia in 1979 from his native Palatka, where he was born.
He was a member of College Park Baptist Church , Palatka and he attended Palatka, High School. He enjoyed fishing.
Survivors included his wife of 33 years, Margaret; two daughters: his parents: a sister: ; and two grandchildren. Memorial donations may be made to Friends of the Wekiva River , 250 Betsy Run, Longwood, FL 32779.
So no “River” in his given name as his middle name was “Richard.” I think we’ve got the “right man” by the clue: “Memorial donations may be made to Friends of the Wekiva River .” Perhaps “River” was just his befitting nickname.