We were on our way at 9:50. Up the St. Johns River a short distance to Blue Springs Run, as two bald eagles soared overhead.
Now, for a closer look at the eagle.
Saw one group of paddlers, 5 in all, coming from the other direction. For Snake Creek, that's a huge group.
Into the Hontoon Dead River.
A lot of the canal is like this. Almost impassable. But, by paddling hard, we made it through.
Back to the St. Johns
Alligators enjoyed the 70 degree sunshine.
As we neared Blue Spring State Park, I said how I was surprised we had not seen any manatees out in the River. Maybe because we were too busy watching the two bald eagles, again. Riding the thermals, higher and higher. Approaching the fishing/tour boat dock I told Stephanie to pay attention, or she might run over a manatee. On cue, a huge one surfaced between our kayaks.
I've seen manatees the last three times in my kayak, in three different parts of the State. Kings Bay, on the Gulf Coast, Haulover Canal, near the Atlantic, and now, Blue Spring Run on the St. Johns River.
Paddled back to the French Ave. launch. Stephanie landed. I could not, as I had not explored the area around the island opposite the launch site.
I landed just before four. Stephanie had her kayak on her car. Talk about perfect timing. She went home, I went into the main part of the State Park. And biked out. But first, more bikes.
Bike riding Orange City EMTs. Useful for events like the Manatee Festival. Cheaper than a mounted patrol and no poop to clean up.
Including the Park road, and 8.5 mile ride. I've seen deer before, today, a chicken.
View from the dock.
Hoped the eagle, or eagles, would be on one of the trees across from the Run, but they were covered with vultures.
I'll next be in the kayak Saturday. But no Tale until Sunday. Camping in the Seminole State Forest. Hopefully, I'll see, and photo, a bear. If I do, I'll post it. So, check in during halftime, or after, the Super Bowl.