But, the two motels in nearby High Springs were sold out. So much for kayaking the Ich and the Santa Fe Saturday, staying the night, and heading over to Cedar Key on Sunday. A wider search had very high rates in Gainesville. What was going on? I later found out. Graduation at Santa Fe Community College. And, the University of Florida. So, I booked a cottage in Cedar Key.
I found the soft spot. At the other, another paddle through the trees.
This is where I thought, for a moment, I would have to turn back.
The sign is supposed to be above the waterline
Blue Hole Spring
Ichetucknee Spring. The high water let me get close.
The water is over the platform where your usually get out, over the deck, over the first few steps, and up the handicap access ramp. Easiest landing ever at this location
Into the water
Just bass, bluegills and me. A couple, who had been watching, got in as I got out.
Illustrating the high water level. Launching from the handicap ramp. Not a ramp, but the walkway.
Floating over the deck
At the blockage, a family in two rental kayaks were not moving. Kids were screaming so I went to the other side. Harder to get through. I then caught up with the family. Spiders caused the screams, and, they had seen manatees. I paddled back to look for them
I counted 4
Railing at the Last Takeout, several feet under water. I landed at
More to come
Landed at 12:37. This is not a ramp, above. It is the slopping stone walkway that leads to a platform, down a step to another. All under water.
Cedar Key is about 60 miles away
4:07 PM, at Mermaid's Landing. I assume by this time I had checked in, unpacked, and added more photos to the prior weekend's Yak Tales.
City Park and the beach on the Gulf is a half mile away
Everyone wants to be in Dave's Yak Tales
And pink bird
Can never have to many spoonbill photos
7:46 PM time to chase the sunset
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