I went to the Seminole State Forest after work today, Wednesday, June 29, 2011 and got a 90 minute paddle in on Blackwater Creek. A deer ran into the forest across the road from the launch site as I removed the yak from the roof. As I pushed off, a large alligator swam up the Creek. I thought of following it, but headed downstream instead,
It was raining as I left work, but no rain when I began paddling at 6:35.
Young blue heron
Did not move as I approached. Despite a slap of the paddle, and a shout. If it were bigger, I might have turned back.
It finally submerged when I got within a few feet.
Yellow crowned night heron
Turn back point. To bad I had spots on the lens.
Birds seen, not shown, include limpkin, anhinga, cardinal and a pair of barred owls. An otter, too.
I paddled past the launch for a few minutes, than came back, landing at8:08.
Stopped for pictures on the way out.
Unlocking the gate, I said, gotta get the sunset over Bear Pond.
When I got home, a neighbor asked, "Do you canoe every day" "No, I kayak three times a week" After more chit chat, she asked if I was retired. I wish.
I bought a used kayak in March, 2005 and began sending tales of trips to friends and family. That November, generous friends bought me a camera, Canon Powershot 400, so pictures were added to the tales. January 2007, I was able to add underwater photography, thanks to one of my brothers. I am now on my sixth camera. As of May, 2014, I have a Powershot 115 IS.
When I began kayaking in 2005, I would search the Internet for paddling information, trip reports, and practical advice. I hope this site adds to your knowledge and enjoyment.
My home in Winter Park, FL,north of Orlando,allows easy access to both coasts and all the spring fed rivers in between. Many Tales are day trips. No overnight stay required.
I welcome your comments and will try to respond to any questions you may have. If you are in, or plan to visit Key West, call my brother, Andy Cannon, at 305-748-0728. If it floats, flies, fishes, swims, scubas, snorkels or sails, Andy can arrange your tour, rental or self-guided adventure.