I was the only one on the River. As far as I could see, which was not very.
I do not recall paddling this far in pea soupy conditions, ever.
Finally saw kayakers, launching at K.P. Hole Park
Green eyed lady
Steam still rising as I entered the headwaters of the Rainbow River
Vacant swim area
Landed at 10
The landing is a set of wide steps. There is also a launch ramp. As the river level made the first step too low, and the second too high, I took the safe route, landing on the ramp. Than carrying the kayak up and around a walkway to the steps.
One of the best views in Florida
Azaleas and roses in bloom
Along side the man made waterfalls
Why I often mispronounce my niece’s, Camila, name.
Unsure if this was live, or part of the bath
Not a bad spot for a wedding
Visitor Center detail. I asked the worker if my memory was fading as I recalled a display of the Rainbow River. My memory is fine, it, and half the building were damaged in a fire a couple years ago.
Having reminded people for years that steps are not bleachers, I love this sign
Down river, you can swim in many springs. If you can find them
I think the rock piles are in the swim area just to make it more interesting.
On the shore
Still in the State Park waters, hanging the camera over the side
As you can see, the fog lifted. The windbreaker I wore on the up River paddle was in the hold. But, I decided not to do what I often do on the Rainbow, snorkel down River, pulling the kayak behind be. Might be kind of cool when I complete the journey, wet. After 25 years, I'm a wimpy Floridian.
Padded up Rainbow Swamp Run. The gate installed by the time share mogul was open, but a downed log blocked access.
From my last visit:
new owner calls it "Gissy Springs" I googled it. Found some photos. Commented on the illegal gate. Got a reply. The guy claims " The originalhave the high water mark where the current gate is, so the landowner legally owns the springheads and the entire waterway out to the gate." Hmmm, wonder if those old surveys are available online. I'd like to see someone sue to re-establish public access.
Hmm... did my comments have an effect?
It is a shame the State did not purchase this land.
Soft shell turtle
Otter in the vicinity
The hard shelled turtles that caught my eye in the first place.
I saw a bald eagle, earlier. Flying low as I came around a bend.
I have wondered about the Tomahawk Lodge
Yellow romper warbler. Guessing, but I do see a yellow butt.
Around this area I may have seen the first swallow tailed kites of the season. Thought I saw forked tails high above the pines.
Hidden wood duck
Back up the Withlacoochee
Kind of a dump, front door fraying on the bottom, mismatched knobs on the shower, curtains frayed, but a full kitchen.
64 bucks including tax, works for me.
So I went over for a drink.
I asked the couple next to me what appetizers were good. "Fried green beans and fried corn" I did not see any apps on the menu. I did see Tony's, as in Cedar Key, chowder. Never saw that before outside of the place in CK. I just had my rum and coke and back to the room for the traditional steak and potatoes. Went back to the Blue Gator a couple times to add more pics to his Tale and a