While Charlie, Michelle and Hope were here
we set off to Blue Springs in hopes of
seeing a manatee,
which we didn't
We kayaked the backwaters of the St. John's River
Notice that I'm staying in the middle of the river
If there is a gator sunning,
I want to admire it from a distance
and not up close and personal
I switched kayaks with Charlie
as he wanted to explore
the small tributaries
and we wanted to stay in the middle
(we found a small sandy beach for the switch :)
Entering Blue Springs Run
the water went from tannic acid brown
to crystal clear blue-green
This is where manatees gather in the winter months.
And with the waters being so clear
I didn't mind the narrow passageway!
Little Miss Adventurer, Hope
After the kayaking,
it was snorkling time...
My underwater happy face
I've forgotten how much
I LOVE snorkling
I was in the midst of a school of
Florida Gar well over 3' in length
(about 3 dozen gar are captured in this frame)
and for a few moments in time I was having
an eye to eye encounter with one
He was accessing me
as much as I was accessing him :)
As I reached out to touch him,
the split second before I would have made contact,
he gave a swish of his tail and gone
Another near touch scene
Then we had a swim upstream
where Charlie and Hope
are on the verge of the mouth
of the spring...
So, as I said,
but a ton of fun!
I plan on going back in the winter
when the manatees will be there!