Final kayak exploration with my godson Alex. We put in at the ramp at 207 but went upstream until we could not get past a large tree, about 0.8 miles. We had to maneuver around lots of obstacles. We turned around and headed to the creek mouth out at the St Johns. This is a great creek with lots of shady areas, but only one place to exit the boats.
Took my godson Alex out on his 3rd kayak trip during his visit. Moved him up to the 14' Tampico - he loved the speed compared to the guest barge he was using. We put in at the usual place at Ray's Wayside and paddled upstream in search of monkeys. The trip up river covered nearly 5.5 miles and we saw hundreds of turtles and a dozen or so alligators.
Headed out on Six Mile Creek with my godson Alex today. We put in at Outback Crab Shack and headed out into Palmo Cove where we found the remains of a pirate ship!
We then headed back up the creek and found a fellow who landed in a amphibious ultralight aircraft. He stopped just to fish.
Getting my godson in the kayak for the first time! Simple trip on Trout Creek, up to 16A and till we run out of water.
New exploration along the Bartram Trail in Putman county.
Dennis, Gregg & I got out for the full moon. Perfect timing the humidity was low and a pleasant paddle.
Memorial Day paddle - put in at Trout Creek boat ramp. headed up creek for some solitude... just a few fisherman, then on return some jet ski's.
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.
|Total distance||717 km445 mi|
|Max distance||58 km36 mi|
|Avg distance||12 km7 mi|
|Total duration||6 days 17h:33m|