I was surprised at how many trailers were in the parking lot on weekday. But, only having been here once before, I could be normal, or even fewer than usual. I headed down the short canal to the St Johns at 2:20. Turned right, paddled down River.
One the southeastern edge of the Ocala National Forest
A good breeze was as my back. Fine for soaring osprey.
And red shouldered hawk.
I think. I got a photo of a flying hawk. Maybe it was this, or maybe one that will appear in a bit.
As I did my last, and first visit, I followed the Lake County Paddling Trail
A good afternoon for flying birds.
Perhaps this is the hawk.
A woman on the roof of the houseboat thought she was in a secluded spot. on the St. Francis River. Naked as a jaybird. So, I got a close up.
Gotcha! A few stokes of a paint brush could correct the name on the houseboat from Holly Bluff Marina to Holly's Buff
Back to PG topics, I think there was one other boat on the St. Francis. I'm writing a day later, and tend to forget things.
St Francis Trail overlook.
Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge.
End of the St Francis Dead River.
Cormorant takes off.
I was having a good afternoon for catching birds in flight, great blue heron, here.
I stopped at the St. Francis Trail overlook. Here is an excellent description, from the Florida Hikes ! site.
I only walked for as long as it took to eat a pear.
Back to the St Johns
Limestone and shell studded bank.
St. Johns Marina, just outside Ed Stone Park. Kind of a run down looking operation. A river front restaurant that appears to be closed. Nice place to buy when I win the lottery.
Landed at 7:25.
Got the kayak on the car and took a few sunset photos.
I was not on a high bluff, but this quote from "Cross Creek" is a fine way to end this Tale.
"If I could have, to hold forever, one brief place of time and beauty, I think I might choose the night on the high lonely bank above the St. Johns River," Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings