Manatee have 16,000 acres with No Motors yet, they hang out where the boats are. Because it is deeper, and more protected, wind wise, then the surrounding area. That's my guess
Osprey. I paddled north, wind at my back. Which kept me warm. Without the breeze, I would have been HOT.
I wanted to go somewhere that would not be crowded. Well, I always want to do that. The No Motor Zone fits the bill. Saw less than 10 kayakyers. All fishing, as that is what is done in the No Motor Zone. When I entered, the gate attendant said "Great day for fishing" I did not tell him my only catches would be with the camera.
I've seen all, but bald eagles, on prior visits. Today, just manatees and a lone spoonbill
On the topic of not seeing things, I paddled in deeper water on the way back, hoping to see dolphins. Distance, wind, and waves meant fewer pics on the way back.
Lower quality as well.
Made the effort to paddle past the launch site to the boat ramp and basin, about a third of a mile.
No motors means no motors. Can't even have a trolling motor laying on the bottom of a canoe.
Approaching the launch/landing location, 1:42. Almost five hours on a "short" Saturday paddle. Able to complete the Yak Tale the same day, for a change.
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