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Report By:  darkknight    Date: 1/3/2011 
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Another solo paddle. This time kayaked from the Wekiwa State Park to Big Buck Camp site and a little bit more.

My Report:

Today, my last free day for the time being, went to Wekiwa Springs State Park to kayak Rock Springs Run. The most recent time my wife was with me. Not today, and I missed her. Have to admit that taking a pic of a deer from the yak was my motivation. That and the workout that this paddle represents. Was in the water at 8:55AM.

Spent almost 20 minutes in the lagoon looking for the eagle we saw the 27th. This time was not there. Continued down the river to Rock Springs Run making pics stops here and there. An otter having breakfast caught my attention. Forty minutes later reached The Run and started going up. It was a nice paddle. My solo yak is short(9.5') and light so did not have to work as hard as when I use the tandem. Pileated, Hairy, and Downy Woodpeckers challenged me to take a pic. They won. No pics of them. The same thing goes for the Belted Kingfishers or Fishy Fishy, as my wife calls them.

Long story short reached Big Buck at noon. Between Indian Mound and Big Buck saw one of the biggest gators I have seen. Did not expect to see a gator that big in the narrow and shallow Rock Springs Run. Made a mistake and took only ond picture after putting some distance between us. I said to myself "It is too big and it is going to be there on my way down". Big mistake. Confused

Started my trip back after a break at Big Buck, a little dissapointed since saw no deer on my way up. Kept looking but realizing that was approaching where I saw the big gator turned the camera on and was getting ready when...ZING!!!! Right there, less than 10' from The Run there it was...a doe. Took some pics, not too good but since it is my first will share some with you. Smile Thought my wife would have enjoyed that a lot and I would have better pics but on the other hand, the big gator would have scared her to death. I did paddle very close to it.

About the gator, bad timing. A canoe and a kayak where coming up and saw it, started screaming "%&& a big ol gator!!!!!!". When I reached the area gator was gone. I heard the vegetation moving and assumed it was gone hiding. Sad

Was not as productive as my trip to De Leon Springs but got my first deer pic Smile By the way, believe she is about to bring a little one.

Was back at the lagoon at 3:30PM. By that time lots of canoes and yaks from Wekiva island and the Park were in the water.

A very good paddle.


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Location Data:

Difficulty: Moderate
Location Type: River
Boat Type: Kayak
Distance (miles): ~8
Fees/Costs $: 4.00

Photos from Rock Springs Run:    (Click image to view full size)

Juvenile Little Blue No Comm
Juvenile Little Blue
Little Blue Heron No Comm
Little Blue Heron
Great Egret No Comm
Great Egret
Tri Colored Heron No Comm
Tri Colored Heron
Great Blue Heron No Comm
Great Blue Heron
Turtle No Comm
Limpkin No Comm
Otter No Comm

Sorry...was the best pic I was able to shoot. My official photographer had the day off.

My first deer!!!!!!! No Comm
My first deer!!!!!!!
BIG GATOR!!!! No Comm

Missed the chance to take better pics. This one is the only I did shoot.

Gator and turtles No Comm
Gator and turtles

This one was between The Run and the lagoon

My first deer II No Comm
My first deer II

Looks like she carries some extra weight

Gator view No Comm
Gator view

This one was a few feet South of the one in the other pic

Scenery No Comm
Scenery No Comm
Pied-billed Grebe No Comm
Pied-billed Grebe

Post Date: 1/3/2011

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