Met Erika at Ray Wayside for the last paddle of the year. Water was 2-3 higher than normal. AS the fog burned off we were able to encounter 2 manatees, and several gators. The park concession must have rented a 100 kayaks. Never saw so many paddlers. On a positive note, i met two other members of the Church of the Double Bladed Paddle! - Paula Mendoza of Florida and Tim Brown of Savannah.
Bless me mother earth I have a confession to make it's been nearly six months since my last kayak. And an extraordinarily hot summer pluis family pressures and life issues kept me off the water. Today I made it to church an paddled with many turtles, one hawk, an osprey, 2 pileated woodpecker and several Kingfisher.
Still can't launch at Outback Crab Shack so I launched over at Trout Creek and paddled over. Six Mile still has trees down so I could not make all the way back more than a1/4 past the pump house. Saw three hungry manatees chowing down at the Outback dock, several turtles and two gators, including a 10 footer cruising across 6 Mile.
What a great throwback Thursday. Met up with my favorite pancake partner, my daughter Erika for a kayak trip at De Leon Springs, Fl. Starter was cooking our own pancakes tableside at the Old Spanish Sugar Mill, then a nice 8.8-mile paddle.
Met us with a new Meetup group for my first paddle on the Ichetucknee. Great winter day about 68 degrees and blue skies. 6 Paddlers, 7 miles, 3 manatee, 100's of turtles and 1000 gar.
View the light from the bayfront at sea level!
Ocean to rough to kayak so we grabbed a canoe and headed to a nearby river. Wildlife was limited to birds and iguanas. As big as they were, nearly 5 feet long, they would perch at the end of the branches. Occasionally we spooked them and they would fall out of the trees.
Get a buddy and take him to a new creek! Best way to paddle!
Took Alex to a new Creek for him. Nice winter day about 75 degrees. Put in at Palmetto Leaves Park and paddled to Clarks and back. Met 6 other yakers and two boats.
Believe It or Not Trout Creek open with no obstruction all the way to the 16A bridge. My brother Scott and I continued on for another mile and a half going further on Trout Creek than I ever have and probably most other people. It was a beautiful December day 75 degrees and sunny.
Finally got Erika to experience manatees, up close and personal!
Hurricane Matthew hit St Johns County on October 7, 2016. High water from a weeklong Noreaster was followed by this slow moving hurricane. Water levels in the St Johns were at record high levels and forced flooding of Outback Crab Shack which is currently still closed. The main channel of Six Mile Creek is easily navigable by kayak and boats to the pump house at Mill Creek.
|Całkowity dystans||743 km462 mi|
|Najdłuższy dystans||58 km36 mi|
|Średni dystans||12 km7 mi|
|Całkowity czas||7 dni 1h:25m|