Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Monday, May 27, 2013
Mill Dam Lake residences. Two years before I can move in.
The cabin I stayed in is on the far right. No one to block my view to the west. All have north views.
Today, the parking lot was half full, so I paid the 4.25 fee, honor system, and was on the Lake at 12:05
Two eagles, one not yet bald
The eagles flanked a short channel that opened in to a little bay. It could be seen as a separate lake
Wood ducks in the lily pads, upper right.
The bald, bald eagle had left when I came back through the channel.
Same young eagle, different tree
Memorial Day festivities on the south end of the Lake. I was the only paddler. I did see a pickup with paddle boards leaving when I arrived. People were fishing, one boat pulled a tube, plenty of room for all. And this was on Memorial Day. On a normal weekend, I suspect Wildcat Lake is almost empty.
I counted 3 residences as I paddled around the lake
Landed at 10 after 2. Wildcat Cat Lake reminded me a bit of Lake Norris, but the former has more little bays. Lake Norris, at 1160 acres, is 3x the size of Wildcat Lake, 335 acres. Which shows my lack of sie judgment. I was thinking they were about the same size. I obtained the stats from Lake County wateratlas
I like Wildcat Lake. Too bad it took 8 years to finally put the kayak in. Speaking of not doing something, I had yet to get the bikes off the car. Well, I did leave the trail bike at the cabin when I went to Cedar Key. But that was for improved gas mileage. So, I stopped at the Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge. On the way, I saw my first coyote. Running across 40, just west of the bridge over the St. Johns. At least I think it was a coyote.
I first walked a shaded trail
Spring Garden Lake
Views from the observation tower
2 mile walk. just under an hour. Hot, but not as bad as it will be soon. All in all, a great weekend. Temps in the 80's moderate humidity, blue skies. Windy at times, but I muddled through.