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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Braden River 12/26/10

We met at Linger Lodge and headed upstream.

Here's Chad.

And Marie and Kurt.

This is the view we saw of Kurt most often during the morning. He finds a lot of birds. I'll bet he was great playing "Where's Waldo?"

After a wonderful lunch at the Lodge, we headed back out. It felt a bit colder.

So Marie dressed warmly.

After a short while, the sun came out brighter and it felt much warmer.

It is getting warmer and prettier.

And, it even turned sparkling.

Then, as often happens, it was getting late and time to head home.

After a fulfilling day on the water and in the lodge.

Weeki Wachee River December 23, 2010

Adrian at the beginning.

Dan with Adrian after her pre-lunch swim.

Dan SR. and Joe enjoy lunch. And then we are off to paddle downstream and find some manatees.

Whoopie! We found some at hospital hole.

Joe appears to be saying goodbye to you all.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Paddling with Manatees: Crystal River - December 4, 2010

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A small group of us got together to enjoy a beautiful day looking for manatee and interesting places to paddle.

We were looking, looking, looking for them.

They seem to think they found some . . .

Then we decided to look for them at Three Sisters Springs before they left for the day.

So we headed back to Hunter Spring for lunch.

After which we saw a few manatee eating grass that was floating on the surface.

And then across the bay to a pristine area much different than where we had been.

Where we encouraged others to lead for a while. (Seems like Karen saw where Maureen was heading and decided to start drinking.)

And, with one last look at the wonderful day we had at Kings Bay we packed up with lots of memories . . . and these photos.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Weeki Wachee River November 14, 2010

We had a fantastic day on the beautiful Weeki Wachee River. Even paddling that river about 100 times I cannot remember a prettier day. The weather was awesome and some of the trees were putting on a colorful show. And, of course, the river was clear as can be and even held manatees for our viewing. We want to thank Brian Mortakis and John Hussey for sending in photos.

We put in at the Weeki Wachee River State Park canoe rental named Paddling Adventures. As usual, the folks there were wonderful and took great care of us.

Here is a photo looking down Brian and Sandy's kayaks at the put-in. And, no, I have no idea what Brian was doing on his knees just before or after taking this photo.

The photographers were having such a great paddle they must have forgotten to take photos on the river. Most of the photos are from lunch.

Here we see Lady D unpacking lunch from a kayak.

And then setting things out - just so. Or was that so-so?

I mentioned not having photos of the river itself. Heck, I think everyone must have been mighty hungry, because we again see a pile of boats that look like people were in a hurry and following each other much too closely.

It is a truly fine place for lunch as these photos attest.

Did someone say 2 manatees were swimming past?

By the way, Rogers Park now has a year-round $5 parking fee with a pay station installed.