A look back at the Whale Watch
Only vehicle you'll see on this beach. Looking for new turtle nests.
Time to go
How did the dolphin lamp post get here from Cedar Key? I lay down for a few minutes, got up, had coffee, composed Saturday's Tale, got on the bike at 8:40
Betty Steflick Park. Nice trails and boardwalks along the water. Did not have time to explore them this time.
I am not a big fan of the rivers on the Florida east coast. Mostly marsh grasses, not a lot of shade. But Haw Creek, or Hawk, as the guys at the store pronounced it, is more like a Central Florida river with shady oaks and palms.
The one negative, I did not see much wildlife. A lone turtle, gar breaking the surface, and the above palmedes swallowtail.
According to my GPS, I was in the first open area, before Mud Lake, when I encountered this.
The lovely, but invasive, and pervasive, water hyacinth blocked the way
I turned around, it was 1 PM
Finally, a bird! May not have noticed this anhinga had it not almost pooped upon me prior to leaving its initial perch
Back to the launch at 2
Only one I saw
Landed at 2:20
Slow, short steps on the rain slicked wood.
Fourth, and final, overlook.
There is a Pellicer Creek in Flagler County. The Pellicers have a long history in Flagler County.
I wondered it this was still private land. A gray trash barrel, same as the ones on the boardwalk, indicates it now is part of the Preserve. I did not check to see if the water is on. Did try the lights in the building. Nothing. No movement on the meter.
Stopped for a bit, well hidden.
Back to the launch at 3:35. I saw 6 people all afternoon. The fishing couple at the start, a couple launching a kayak after I landed, a third couple on the boardwalk. Like me, the last two pairs were first time visitors.
\Western Flagler County is very rural. Lots of farms, big cattle ranches as you drive the County Roads. Below is the main north south route, once you have left the County Roads, State Highway 11.
I-4 it ain't. And I like it.
A bit of history to close.
In 1860, Lord Henry Decie, a British nobleman, purchased the yacht America, the winner of the regatta of the Great Exhibition of 1851, the first World’s Fair. The America won the
British Open Cup Race around the Isle of Wright, and began the racing legacy known today
as the America’s Cup Race (Cardwell 1999). Shortly after the outbreak of the War Between
the States in 1861, Confederate agents purchased the yacht, renamed the Camilla, for use as a
blockade-runner. In early 1862, the Camilla was trapped up the St. Johns River when the
Union Navy blockaded the river and occupied Jacksonville. Fearing that Union expeditions
would locate and take her, the Confederates scuttled the Camilla at the mouth of Haw Creek.
However, the Union Navy did find, raise and refit the renamed America for use in the
... from the DEP Unit Management Plan for Haw Creek Preserve ,2003.