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Report By:  darkknight    Date: 11/20/2010 
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A short, but high quality paddle, from Katie's Landing

My Report:

When I say quality I mean it. What a paddle we had today Cool Almost did stay at home since am not feeling too strong. It was a struggle to get out of bed and felt like I was moving in slow motion. A cold may be in the horizon for me. But once we put the yak at Katie's Landing there was not time to feel tired, weak, or sick. It was an overcast day, the Sun showed up two or three times, but we enjoyed each and every minute in the water.


It was 9:30AM when we hit the waters of the Lower Wekiva River. The plan was to go down to Blackwater Creek, explore the creek as long as we could and then back to Katie's Landing. I know wifey was going to like it, and she did. To give you an idea how good it was after 30 minutes of taking pics just in the put in area she told me...We can go home now. Of course she was kidding.

Not too much traffic in the river today. Another kakay put in while we had pics fest but went up river. Once we finished our pics session, that included a new one for us(Glossy Ibis) we headed down towards Blackwater Creek. In our way we saw a small gator, many Great Blue Herons, Ibis, turtles, Wood Stork, Green Heron, Red Shouldered Hawk, and some more. Will let the pics speak.

Shortly after a place named Wekiva Heaven there was movement in the forest to our right. I stopped paddling, wifey did not pick the paddle the whole trip, and started searching for the reason. I was hoping a bear but it was not it. Instead four does made a run into the forest. By the time wifey lifted the camera they were gone. That did upset her. But after a few minutes we realized that finally we saw deers from the yak and that was like fuel to the fire for us. We kept going with a better spirit.

Cannot remember how long it took but, using as reference the pics posted here by Master YD, we reached the mouth of Blackwater Creek( I am not sure if that was the entrance but looked like it). A motor boat, the only one we saw, was coming up at the same time we reached the entrance. But that was the only good part. The bad part...a tree was across it. Looking for a way to cross saw a mid size gator just above the surface using the vegetation as support. What do we do now? She asked me. We kept going down the river.

We admired the beauty of the river. The water was so clear you can see all the way to the bottom. A Red Shouldered Hawk stopped in a tree just in fron of us. Wifey shoot a few pics. She likes those birds. The current was a little strong on that area and I had to go back and forth several times. After we finished with the hawk's pics I realized there was a big gator just a few hundreds feet down. the river. We made one pass, shoot a pic and turned around. Then we did the stupidest thing possible...we set the camera for underwater and paddled close enough to take an underwater video of the gator. Sadly was not something to call home about. Crazy

At one of the bends we saw the biggest gator of the day. We were about 300 feet from where it was and it was clearly visible from snout to tail. As we approached it went back to the river, stayed half submerged but then went under. Wifey asked to go closer to the area it went down and I told her that we burnt our lucky chance earlier with the underwater video. That was a NO!!! Her point was that the water was so clear we were going to be able to see it from a safe distance. Point taken but still did not do it.

During our return trip, at the area where we took the underwater video there was a huge gator at the bank. I just hope that was not the one we shoot the video at because if it was, we really wasted all our luck. This one was also big, maybe not as big as the one we left behind but big enough for us to admire it from a distance, as it should be. Ended up with a few good ones of the big fellow.

A young couple came down the river as we stopped to shoot pics at another gator, and a few minutes after that I heard voices behind us. A group of three kayakers going up too heading for Katie's Landing. We let them go ahead, had a snack and kept paddling. After several more stops, paddling very slowly after a guy with his kid told us they saw a 4 and a 6 pointers in the forest, we made it back to Katie's Landing. It was 2:30~2:35PM when we came out of the water.

Big gators, Red Shouldered Hawks, and lots of birds. Is not that great? Did somebody mention Wekiva River is the coolest place to paddle? Two votes here.


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Location Data:

Difficulty: Easy
Location Type: River
Boat Type: Kayak
Distance (miles): 6
Fees/Costs $: 3.00


Photos from Wekiva River:    (Click image to view full size)

Scenic Lower Wekiva No Comm
Scenic Lower Wekiva
Gator No Comm
Gator
Red Shouldered Hawk No Comm
Red Shouldered Hawk

This one did welcome us at Katie's Landing

Great Egret No Comm
Great Egret

The always elegant Great Egret is one of my wife's favorites subjects.

Glossy Ibis No Comm
Glossy Ibis

The first one we are able to capture in a pic

Mr and Mrs Moorhen No Comm
Mr and Mrs Moorhen
Ugly gator No Comm
Ugly gator

This one looked like was drugged or something.

Tri Colored Heron No Comm
Tri Colored Heron
Great Blue Heron No Comm
Great Blue Heron
Great Reflect No Comm
Great Reflect
Little Blue Heron No Comm
Little Blue Heron
The King Gator No Comm
The King Gator
Coots No Comm
Coots
Mallards No Comm
Mallards
Limpkin No Comm
Limpkin
Gator in a log No Comm
Gator in a log
Submerged gator No Comm
Submerged gator
Monster gator No Comm
Monster gator
Face lift No Comm
Face lift
Face to face No Comm
Face to face
Tiny turtle No Comm
Tiny turtle
Two for one No Comm
Two for one
Little gator No Comm
Little gator
Turtle and a quarter No Comm
Turtle and a quarter

Another turtle can be seen showing its face out of the water

Laaaaaaaaaaaazy No Comm
Laaaaaaaaaaaazy
Limpkin No Comm
Limpkin
Green Heron No Comm
Green Heron
And another gator No Comm
And another gator
Great Blue Heron No Comm
Great Blue Heron
Red Shouldered Hawk No Comm
Red Shouldered Hawk

Another of my wife's favorites

 


Post Date: 11/20/2010

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