With the wind, I thought manatees might be in a little cove.
map I had to be circling the north part of Plantation Island. Go to page 2. See the two inlets?
I saw small groups of manatees, two here, three there. Cove entrances seemed to be a favored spot
Unable to get good pics, so I posted a bad one.
I wondered what the white stuff on the shore was.
Dried seaweed. This was a part of the Lagoon I had not paddled before. Always interesting to see new things. An old, thing, but seen from a different angle. The Castle Windy midden
I took a short break.
Walked a short way on the trail that goes to the Atlantic, the drone of mosquitoes had be turn back. None landed on me. Or so I thought. Back at the picnic table I looked down. 4 or 5 feasting on my left leg.
Shoreline restoration efforts.
New mangroves and oyster beds.
A manatee you can see. Barely.
Back to the cove where I saw manatees to begin the day. One aquatic mammal was present.
Plus a few more.
I wanted to get a video, and got the dreaded "Change Battery Pack" message. So I did. Took some video, but they aren't worthy to post.
Saw the last manatee of the day, after passing the Eldora State House, across the water from the launch site at Lot 7. Landed about 1:40.
Went for a short bike ride.
Stopped at the beach.
Back on the bike.
Not bad for a ride that is 2 miles at most. The Eldora Loop Road.
Great southern white butterflies were everywhere. Got theses pics at Lot 7, before leaving.
I did not pack a lunch, had an apple and a Planters peanut bar. The peanut butter that holds the nuts in place got very soft after a short time in the PFD pocket. Bright sunny day. Just looked at the weather for Sunday, 83 was the high in New Smyrna Beach. 10 degrees cooler than at my Winter Park home. Gotta love that sea breeze.
I did not pack a lunch because I was going to stop at JB' s Fishcamp. But, adding up what I'd spend there, it would be 25-30 bucks, and its been a bad year, $ wise. I considered a burger at the Breakers, but thought, what do I need a view for? So, I stopped a Publix, got a couple preseasoned patties. Turned out well.