Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Saturday night, Sweetwater/Cedar Keys Tales are finished.
I have not paddled anyplace other than the Winter Park Chain on Weds. mornings since I moved to a new office in October. But, I had a permit that expired on 2-28-13, and and urge to lock a gate behind me. So, when I woke at 6:30, I took a quick shower and was on my way to the Seminole State Forest.
On Blackwater Creek at 7:50
Sunday, February 24, 2013
I was a guest here once, so how can I be trespassing?
Yellow crowned night heron. Spoonbills flew overhead
Tour complete at 8:25
Room 223, booked at the last minute probably has the worst view from the second floor due to the City Park Pavilion being in direct view. So,
shift gaze left
and right. Life is tough.
Packed, checked out, replaced the duct tape on the bottom of the kayak, and was underway at 11:15
I circled Atsena Otie Key, the original home to the town of Cedar Key, crossed to the current location, Way Key, and entered the Number 2 Channel
At low tide, it is a much quicker paddle to Scale Key. The long way is the way I took Saturday when I hung out with the white pelican flock
3 hours of sunlight left on the final day of my vacation. Had to make the most of it
Out of the shallows. Of course, at low tide "shallows" extend for miles.
I wanted to see dolphins. Ahead, a shape, bobbing up and down. To slow for dolphins. Manatees?
Landed at 6:35. Ending one of the best vacations ever. Up there with going to California at age 7, and high school vacations with the family. When I had to come home early, register for Marquette High, and have a party, after 4-5 days on the lake.
After 10 days of kayaking, my arms are still tired. Or, retired, as it is Saturday as I finish the vacation Tales, and I had a strenuous paddle on Gum Slough today.