On my way into town, I saw white pelicans on the Gulf side of the Number 3 Bridge.
I have never seen this many white pelicans in this area before.
The area being Cemetery Point
As the tide was out, and I had already seen the white pelicans that I usually need to paddle under and beyond the Number 3 Bridge to observe, I decided to paddle a different channel, the one that runs north on the east side of Way Key.
Oyster catchers and more
I was past where I had ever padded before, but figured if I kept the major land mass of Way Key on my left, I'd eventually circumnavigate it.
Mother ship gives birth
Landed at 1:35. Time to eat lunch, get on the Park Place wifi, add pics to the Rainbow River Tale... wait a minute, keys not in the dry bag. And I think I locked the car. To the car. All 5 doors locked. Damn! I know what I did. Parked. Put the keys on the seat, near the dry bag. Unloaded the kayak. Carried it to the water line. Back to the car for paddle, pfd, cooler. Put on sunscreen. Thought, it is crowded, I should lock the car. Standing at the driver side door. Thought, I should pick up the camera and dry bag now, before I do something stupid like locking them in the car. Put them around my neck, lock the door. Walk around to the passenger side, grab the Cutter and cooler. Thinking the keys were in the dry bag. Too many caps on the seat, keys under one of them. Or at least that is what I hoped. I am not a cell phone user. I have a cheap trac phone. For emergencgies. Never take it on the water. So it was in the car. As was my AAA card. But, the folks at Park Place are always helpful. Used their phone and Linda's AAA card to call. ETA, 3:20.
There are worse places to wait, and I did have my lunch in the cooler
After taking some time to get a wi fi signal and download a few photos, I was back in the kayak at 4:20
But there was enough water to enter the channel to the Nature's Landing condo area.
Spoonbills, too, but they flew away
The black crowned night herons came back
Scale Key eagle nest
There was an eagle.
Landed at 6:50. With keys.
Now dinner. The lights were on when I paddled past the Pickled Pelican, usually closed on Sunday. When I walked over after securing the kayak on the roof, it was closed. OK, Big Deck Raw Bar is open. "We are out of chowder, shrimp, and oysters" And maybe something else as I wrap up this Tale 6 days later. So, back across Dock Street to the Seabreeze. Closed. To Steamers, open, and not out of anything.
As I think I mentioned earlier in this Tale, or maybe Saturday's from the Rainbow River, I hope the weather improves up North. I like it slow down here.