This Blog Is Photo Intensive
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We decided to kayak the Silver River this morning with Sherry and David. Our goal was to start as early as possible to improve our chances of seeing wildlife.
It was about a mile walk from our campsite.
This was the first time we have used our kayak wheels
we were very pleased with the way they functioned!!!
The chilly morning mixed with the warm spring fed waters
made for an eerie looking launch.
Sherry and David gave us some assistance
so we could launch without getting wet feet ;o))
Next came Sherry…
The cameras started clicking from
the moment we hit the water!!!
If you look closely,
The fog made it difficult to get a clear photo.
But in short order,
the fog lifted and the wildlife was EVERYWHERE!!!
which Nancy calls ‘The Rubber Ducky’
Green Heron (we think)
Great Blue Heron
Red Headed Woodpecker
Nancy here: I have to tell you that I LOVE our two man kayak. It allows me to take pictures while Bill paddles!!! He is such a great paddler ;o)))
Sherry mentioned that we could possibly see Rhesus Monkeys on the River. They were released here years ago after a Tarzan movie was shot on this river.
Back in a quiet cove,
he had found the troop of monkeys.
It was AMAZING!!!
They came from everywhere…Dad, Mom and all the kids!
We were so close to them,
they could have easily jumped into our kayaks ;o((
So we backed up a little
We hated to leave but there was more river to explore.
Our goal was to reach the spring head.
There is an amusement park called Silver Springs
that surrounds the spring head.
No boat ride for us…
You cannot get out of your kayak as the park is privately owned,
but the waters are public property.
How cool is this palm tree ;o))
It was like paddling in a huge aquarium.
He swam right by us.
Apparently, he could see the fish as well.
He caught a HUGE one and
to get it into position for
THE BIG GULP!!
WOW…it was like watching The Discovery Channel!!!
We had paddled to our destination
now got to FLOAT, with the current, back to the launch:o))
There was still so much to see!!
Sherry and David enjoying the float down river.
Did I mention how serene it was ???
Did I mention how serene it was???
Nancy’s ‘Rubber Ducky'
Tangled Cypress Roots
Sherry and the Alligator
Perhaps a little paddling is in order here ;o))
Sherry spotted a river otter
and our gentle float
turned into a chase!!
The River Otter is Sherry’s favorite animal.
We just wanted to get close enough for a photo.
You need to PADDLE… they are very fast!!!
We got the Photo :o))))
Whew… time for a nap!
Playing well together!!
all good things must come to an end ;o(
David got some help from a very helpful, Jacob.
Do we REALLY need to empty the black tanks?!?!?