Sunday, July 02, 2006
Chapter Three: "Here There Be Monsters"
The banks were lined with lush plants, cypress trees, and these large reptiles. My crew, hardened by a full 30 minutes of experience, came to take these in stride. Soon we met the confluence of the Wekiva spring run and the Waccasassa where this gator perched. I dug my paddle in and we slipped from the dark tidal waters of the Waccasassa into the clearer spring flow of the Wekiva.
We could see a myriad of finny beasties 'neath the crystal waters.
The boyish one...we'll call him Jr., had sat like ballast in the middle for much of the upstream pushing. I was beginning to have my doubts if he would be worth transporting back, when he spotted a gar cruising along the surface. "I can grab it!" he said. We stove paddles and drifted silently to the big fish, whereupon Jr. struck like a great blue heron! The fish was his!
Hmmm. Perhaps this lad would find a place in my longboat crew after all...