On the throne this morning, I remembered the Fort Maitland ramp is closed for a couple weeks. So, I had to drive an extra half mile this morning and launch from Dinky Dock in Winter Park.
Parked next to a guy with an open LSAT book. Wished him luck. Told him I did that 30 years ago. He said I could be his tutor. Told him I was not practicing, and the wrong person to ask. Thinking back, that was 33 years ago. I recall nothing about the exam, other than coming out of Commerce Hall and hearing a roar from Camp Randall as the Badgers beat Purdue. On the way to just the second winning season since 1962. Then, drinking Carlsberg Elephant Malt Liquor and partaking in other mood enhancers with Robert J., watching the Brewers beat the Tigers on the last Saturday of the season to clinch their first postseason berth.
Back to the present. On the water at 8:43. Turned right, and began paddling around Lake Virginia.
Rollins College boat house.
Nesting cormorants and great egrets
The "R" is for Rollins
When I started out, I could hear loud bird cries from across Lake Virginia. Limpkins, I thought. As I continued, I realized they were peacocks. Never saw them.
Through the Genius Canal to Lake Mizel
Always good to see a gator on the local lakes.
A long look into the canal to Lake Osceola. Alas, I had to get to work.
I bought a used kayak in March, 2005 and began sending tales of trips to friends and family. That November, generous friends bought me a camera, Canon Powershot 400, so pictures were added to the tales. January 2007, I was able to add underwater photography, thanks to one of my brothers. I am now on my sixth camera. As of May, 2014, I have a Powershot 115 IS.
When I began kayaking in 2005, I would search the Internet for paddling information, trip reports, and practical advice. I hope this site adds to your knowledge and enjoyment.
My home in Winter Park, FL,north of Orlando,allows easy access to both coasts and all the spring fed rivers in between. Many Tales are day trips. No overnight stay required.
I welcome your comments and will try to respond to any questions you may have. If you are in, or plan to visit Key West, call my brother, Andy Cannon, at 305-748-0728. If it floats, flies, fishes, swims, scubas, snorkels or sails, Andy can arrange your tour, rental or self-guided adventure.