With high tide at about 8:30 this morning, we had an early start for our kayaking trip at Weedon Island Preserve. Well, not quite as early as planned but hey, we were on kayak time! We had wonderful weather for the trip. It didn’t get too warm until the end.
We had a small group of five ladies and only one was on her first tour of the mangrove tunnels. We hit the tide about right paddling through the tunnels. We saw lots of fiddler crabs crawling on the mangroves. And fortunately, no snake sightings. Continue reading
Another great day on the river on Saturday, May 9th. We joined the Kayak for Kancer Kure (K4KK) group for a paddle on the Chassahowitzka River. We had about a dozen paddlers all together. The campground had run out of single kayaks to rent by the time we got there so two ladies shared a tandem boat. Although they chose to take only one paddle on the trip, this did not dampen their enthusiasm for fun. They laughed all along the way. We paddled to Maggie’s Crack and some of us tested out the rope swing there. It was a great way to cool off. Continue reading
We had our 12th annual camping trip at Fort De Soto and finally, a weekend without wind! We had great weather this year. For the first time we did not have a fishing tournament but that didn’t keep us from catching. Some of participated in a fishing clinic with Neil Taylor. Unfortunately, one of us flipped our boat after turning to toss out the anchor, right after pulling the phone out to snap a picture of the fish. So while the fishing rod was recovered, the waters of Fort De Soto have gobbled another cell phone. Others caught trout and one lady fish.
Kim decided to take over the scavenger hunt this year and revised it, after participating in a scavenger hunt with her Krewe. She organized it so people participated in teams of three and it was limited to the one loop, so people didn’t have to explore the entire campground to find items on the list. I do not remember who the winners were but will try to update later with that information.
At our group dinner, the theme was the 50s and many people dressed up. The food was great ranging from various kinds of shrimp to chicken to pork. As usual we had too much! Lots of good sides, salads and desserts.
On Sunday, there was yoga for some and more kayaking or fishing for others. Then some of us packed up and headed home, while others spent one more evening out there, enjoying a quiet evening on the water with another beautiful sunset.
We had a group of 10 signed up for the Weeki Wachee trip on Wednesday but by the time we got there, we had four. Illness and busy schedules prevented the others from attending.
We headed out under a cloudy sky but for most of us the outside temperature was warm enough that we felt comfortable wading in the water about half-way down. It was a beautiful day on the river. Despite being told the all kayaks were reserved from Paddling Adventures at the Weeki Wachee State Park, the river was not very crowded. Quite a peaceful trip. We saw lots of fish and turtles. I think we saw more turtles swimming under water than we did sitting on logs.
We were excited to see one manatee on the second half of the river. It turned around and swam next to Christy for a little bit. I guess he/she liked her boat.
Towards the end of the river, the sun came out. It was nice to see it but I’m glad we didn’t have lots of sun earlier as it might have made for a warmer trip.
After taking the shuttle back to the state park, one of us headed back home and three of us headed to Becky Jacks for lunch. Two of us enjoyed cheeseburgers and the other had fish. Then we decided to explore the area a little bit, driving around Pine Island and Bayport Park, located on the Gulf of Mexico. Lots of people there enjoying spring break.
Then we headed home, a little tired from an early start to the day but it was well worth hitting the road early for a great day on the river.