Last paddle of 2013. Scheduled myself for half a day. Extend the New Year's holiday. I will work Saturday morning. Wanted to go to Haulover Canal, but the forecast was choppy. Thought about Blackwater Creek, but decided Wekiwa Springs State Park was closer for an afternoon paddle on a short winter day. And, I'd have a better chance of seeing deer.
On the Wekiva River at 2:20
Pie billed grebes
It was crowded. Guess lots of people had the day off. Wisconsin may have lost to South Carolina in the Citrus Bowl, but we won on the water. Saw one Badger hat and one Packer T-shirt. No Gamecock gear
River patrol volunteer Joanne, and her friend, Sue? keeping order. Once I passed the people in front of them, I just saw three more people as I paddled up Rock Springs Run. They were coming down.
Turned back at the big pine up Run from Big Buck Camp. 4 PM
Probably the same gator I saw last time on Rock Springs Run. Or else another one stole its spot. Had just seen a deer on my left, could hear more walking through the bush.
A woman coming up Run said she had just seen three deer, on my left. A buck was on my right, I could hear, but not see, the deer moving on my left.
Landed at 5:46. Last paddle of the year. The 174th day of 2013 I got on the water.
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.