Launched from the Chassahowitzka Campground at 9:40. $5 parking.
Down the Chass
Pie billed grebe
I saw something furry in a tree and thought, have monkeys invaded Chassahowitzka?
Meanwhile, across the River
Everything so far was before I reached the Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge
The sign that opens this Tale. It was 10:50.
Especially when food is caught on crab trap floats.
Houses, obviously I was out of the Refuge. And had been for awhile.
The current was too fast and water too shallow to paddle past the houses and check out the springs that are the source of Crawford Creek.
Took a pee stop. Left leg out of the kayak, sinking in the loose bottom.
Went back up River
I have only been coming here since 2005. In that time, this sailboat, with its windows blocked, or I should, whited out, has always been moored in the same spot. Not today.
Ruth Springs Run
Snapper in Potter Springs
Out of Potter Creek, back to the Chassahowitka River
The shallow, less traveled side of the Chass
Back to the launch were dumb people tried to touch the manatee mother and calf.
I paddled to the beautiful little springs up River of Chassahowitzka Spring.
But for a hungry child suckling.
Landed at 4:12. A full day, ended with a breast feeding manatee. I call that a good day.