A delay in getting this Tale out. Wifi not working at Mill Dam Lake. I have had this problem before, here. For $53.00 a night, I won’t complain too much.
On the water at 8:44. Boat basin at Ray’s Wayside. Rain, and rain forecast all day. But, the last report I saw before going to day had dropped the forecast from 80% to 50%.
Two monkeys were more optimistic about the weather.
Black crowned night heron
A bit later, the monkey in the opening photo
Arrived at the main Spring at 10:53
My last visit, this area was closed, undergoing the final transition from privately run attraction to State Park. The rocking chairs are new, the red and white tower ride thing, is gone.
If you could see this, the pink sign states No Admittance. Yellow, Paddling Trail, with arrow pointing into the former area. I obeyed the arrow.
This was cool
It is possible I was not supposed to be here. I had passed another No Entry sign. I told myself it meant no landing. 3 rangers and later, a fourth, were in the boat yard. None said anything. A bit down stream, another no entry sign, for people coming up the waterway. In the middle of the channel, so no mistaking it was for the water, not land. Did I miss a turn?
The actual site of Fort King is Ocala.
I stopped at the State Park Landing. The former Silver River State Park, combined with Silver Springs is now Silver River State Park
New sign near the dock. I though about taking a lunch break, but off the 72 degree River and not creating more heat my paddling, I was cold. Swim trunks, light long sleeve shirt, windbreaker and cheap poncho were not enough off the River. So, I took a leak, and continued paddling.
A long wait for the first turtle
Ate an apple an granola bar as I paddled. Figured my sandwich would get soggy.
Landed at 2. To something I have never seen
Tried to download photos for this Tale, but the wi fi was not working.
Sweetwater Spring. I had the privilege of staying here last February. Not hearing anyone I paddled in. Of course, the week's occupants came down from the cabin. I told them I would back out.
Back to Juniper Creek
I hoped to see deer, paddling near dusk. No deer, but did see a bit of the sun.
Paddled past the launch, hoping something interesting might be in the big pine
No such luck
Saw two deer on the way back to Mill Dam Lake. Wi fi still not working. Finished the Tale, Monday night, in Cedar Key.