On Sunday, I went back inside the cottage before the sun came over the mangroves. Today, I sat back and waited.
7:14 back on the porch. How can I sleep with so much to see and do?
After a hearty breakfast of Florida stone crab and seafood pasta, it was off to the Gulf. I got the coveted first parking space. Which is the second closest space to the water. The first is for loading and unloading only. A person was in the second space as I unloaded in the first. She moved, I took the spot. She probably thought, as I did until I asked the rental concessionaire, that both spaces are loading only. It pays to read Dave's Yak Tales.
Underway at 9:10. I wanted to go the Seahorse Key. But waves were fairly large, and I would be paddling into them on the way back. So, I rode them to the Number 2 Channel
And found spoonbills on the oyster bars near the wreck.
I took a different route to the Gulf outlet of the Number 3 Channel. Don't ask me to lead you there. I followed the fastest flow. Into the tide.
I saw just two other kayakers. When I did, I went the other way.
The Gulf was rough, so instead of paddling it from the Number 3 Channel to the beach, I took the back route to the Number 2 Channel, then made the run to the beach.
Landed about 10 past 12. Biked to the cottage so not to lose my parking space
Left at 3 to go kayaking
But not from the cottage, tide was in, kayak out at the beach
And, a tri colored heron
If the spoonbill would move a bit to the left I'd have a nice Valentine
Cemetery Point overlook. At the point there are two main directions. I had gone to the Number 3 Bridge all weekend long. Tonight, and it was after 5, I continued paddling in more of a westerly direction.
I began to paddle back.
Or maybe the famous Cedar Key retractable dome mentioned in a previous Tale
Mermaid's Landing. Where I stayed the last two Cedar Key visits
As I had taken pictures of three places I have stayed in Cedar Key, I figured I'd take photos of the other 3. Nature's Landing. Like Cardwell Cottage, Mermaid's Landing, and Pirate's Cove, tide dependent for kayaking.
Old Fennimore Mill. The best place to stay. Sandy beach to launch into the Number 2 Channel. No oyster shells, even at low tide.
OFM also has Gulf frontage. So two places to launch. Two bedrooms. Too pricey. 140-160. I stayed here twice. To do again, I need a friend to share the expense. Then, its cheap.
Lodging number 6 on the Yak Dave Trail, Park Place. Across the street from the City Beach. Reasonable, especially June-January when rates in the third floor are 85 for weekends and 65 during the week. Feb,-May, 115 and 95. My Pirate's Cove Cottage is 79 all week.
Landed at 6:08
Loaded the kayak on the car, back on the porch at 6:40
Sunset across the street from the Number 2 bridge and the marina
Views from the dock
Barilla vegetable rotini, black grouper, Cedar Key clams, garlic, Penzey's black pepper, orange pepper, Classico Mushroom Pasta Sauce. Seafood ala Dave to end the day.