This was one of a gang of squirrels in this tree.
I rarely have one squirrel pic, much less two. But I liked how this was was getting a drink. And, I hoped for the action gator shot. Still hoping.
A short time later, I was able to capture an otter. One of two, feeding, along with a great egret and great blue heron. Look's like a good fishing spot, I said to the first person I saw on the Hillsborogh River. 9:18 am. I had the River to myself for over two hours.
I saw eight other boats on the up River paddle to Sargent Park.
Arriving at Sargent Park, 10:15. Took a break then, and now. A short break, as I family was getting ready to launch their canoes and I wanted to get out ahead of them. I was ready to go, but then a guy I had passed on the way up, who landed after me, launched. I waited for him to get down the canal before I set out. Let let me have a few more bites of my ham and cheese sandwich.
Sargeant Park is at the cofluence of the Hillsborogh, left, and Flint Rivers, right.
Did not paddle up either today, as I wanted to save time for a bike ride and hopefully, a walk on the beach at the hotel.
There were lots and lots of ibis,
And vultures in the trees.
My proximity did not faze this beauty at all.
Just the third alligator of the day. I guess 5 days with lows in the 30's and 40's put them in semi hibernation mood.
Landed just past 2:00. Using the dock I made disparaging comments about when it was first built. I like it. Rollers, nicely sloped. Just grab the railings and pull yourself up.
Put the kayak on the car, took the trail bike off.
I've ridden the trails 3 or 4 times before. I never saw anyone. Not so today. Bikers, runners, dog walkers. I think my prior rides were in the summer heat.
Next, a 45 mile drive to St. Pete Beach. I chose it for its proximity to Fort De Soto. Found the hotel, checked in, got situated, and went to see the sunset.
I had dinner at the hotel restaurant