Easter Sunday began at 7:13 as I strolled down the Cabin Road
I like this
My Protect Florida Springs tag is good until November, 2015. Unless a kayak is added to that plate, I may be changing.
Just made the rounds at the Palmetto Ridge Campground
Black crowned night, riverside.
Juve black crowned
The adult black crowned had been sharing the tree with the great blue heron
Read this, and you know why there is an Honore’ Street and Palmer this and that in Sarasota.
Almost home, 7:43.
Easter breakfast was the usual. Steak, potato, onion and cheese.
Put the kayak in at the same spot as Saturday. Carried it empty, and kept my sneakers on for better footing. Went back for gear and aquasox.
Alligators began to appear before I reached the bridge
Limpkins near a small parking, picnic, fishing, launch spot.
This is a dead end. Deep down, I knew it was, but there was a huge alligator at the correct route.
I have seen it before. Or else two massive gators watch this narrow space. A curve, too.
It seemed an alligator, or two, was at every junction on the River
The Upper Lake flows through these culverts
I was not sure if the distant bird was a bald eagle. Powerful zoom.
Landed at 1:30
Inner view of the rental kayaks. Downsized canoes, if you ask me. Kayaks don't have thwarts.
Ranch House Road
At the first junction, I took the trail to Powerline Road
Alligator along the bike trail? What a surprise. ;)
Back on the Park Road
Fired up the grill
I had to go inside, so I lay an empty beer can over the remaining food
No paper towels. I used a coffee filter as a napkin. Usually, its the other way around.
It appeared I was not the only one to have food stolen. A group playing soccer should have left a goalie at their table. The vultures ignored me.
I would. After sunset. Or, in the morning, as the Park closes as sunset. But, I knew from my night time pay phone call Saturday, the ranger does not leave until well after dark.
The truck is a Park vehicle. Two workers were putting the days trash in the bed. I asked if they had found the wallet. No, but they would call the Ranger station. Or, rather, radio. My wallet was there.
Got the wallet. The finder helped himself to a reward. All the cash. $50-60 bucks. All else intact. Good way to end the day.