After seeing so much about this story book location, I got the chance to visit during my business trip. Much thanks to my friend Omurden. I arrived in Schipol airport at 5:30 am, and took the 6:58 train to Bussum. a quick shower and nap and I was ready to travel to Geithoorn. About 1.
A fast paced trip down the ICW from the inlet to Washington Oaks Gardens with the Florida Sea Kayak Meetup --- FSK-Me. By timing the tides we took advantage of the push to be able to do this nearly 20 miles. Along the way we saw many dolphins and sea turtles.
Met up with my daughter for a long over due paddle in the second Tampico I picked up so she could paddle in a longer faster boat. Day started out gray with some sprinkles. Current was very strong making for some work to reach the springs. As always we lost count on the number of turtles and birds. Saw about 7 gators. No monkeys at all this trip.
Met up with a couple of snowbirds from Michigan selling a Hurricane Tampico! Now I have two! Took a quick paddle around Crystal River to the springs and such. One manatee was around, hundreds of people searching for the last of the winter tenants. Personally, too developed and crowded.
Met up with Erika for a paddle on the Saint Johns River near Blue Springs. No luck seeing manatees as the river warmed up this week. From French Street we paddled up the St Johns (south) through Snake Creek to Hontoon Dead River, south to Birdhouse Canal and back to the St Johns, north to the landing. We lost count of the alligators, many small from 1 - 3 feet, then a few 6-7 footers.
Winter morning with a frosty start. Met with serious kayakers at the Seminole Canoe and Kayak Club in Ortega, Jacksonville. FL. Temps were starting in the low 40's but probably 50 by the time we hit the water. Paddling at a steady 3+ mph we quickly shed outer. Ran into a high school crew meet. Made it all the way to I295.
Double bladed adventure with my buddy Dennis. Rodman Lake, the man made reservoir is in its periodic drawn down. Seven feet below normal, it shows the massive acreage of tree stumps flooded by the Corp of Engineers. Nearly got stuck in low water over peat bogs.
February 13, 2016. Put in at Outback Crab Shack. Chilly start but sunny all the way. Had not been on water since January 10th. A little breezy on the open water of Palmo Cove. Took a short trip down Ward's Creek until a downed tree stopped me. Just as well, 20 yards away was another huge gator sunning himself.
Didn't have time to get away today, so i decided to check out the back yard lake. 2.5 miles if your hug the shore! Did my fair share and retrieved a pile of trash. Picked up 8 dog flying saucers and of course plastic bottles.
Put in at Palmetto Leaves Park on St. Augustine Road. High water conditions allowed me to paddle upstream to I-95, i could have gone further but stopped at the vegetation choke point. Turned around and headed to Clark' Fish Camp a few miles downstream. No other paddlers on the water for the entire trip. One power boat and two creek-side fishermen.
Start the year at zero miles, was planning on 6 miles today, but a huge gator stopped me at the 2.5 mile point on Six Mile Creek. I had just passed the grassy take out on Pointed Creek Reserve when the saplings began swaying like monkeys jumping on the Silver River.....
Just out looking for gators and wildlife - went pretty far under 16A till water was too low.
Meet up on my favorite creek.
My brother Scott came to visit. After much food and drink, we wanted to paddle, but we had plenty of rain. Today was a pleasant surprise so we put in at Trout Creek and headed out to the cove and river. Along the way we saw and heard manatee and spotted two gators.
19 people, 18 boats and one missing scupper plug! What a great morning after the Friday rains. Water levels very high, lots of fish activity but the Bull of the Creek gator was nowhere to be found!. Shot 3 hour leisurely paddle.
|Total distance||637 km396 mi|
|Max distance||58 km36 mi|
|Avg distance||12 km7 mi|
|Total duration||6 days 0h:09m|