Sunday, July 02, 2006

Chapter Three: "Here There Be Monsters"



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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.



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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!

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Hmmm. Perhaps this lad would find a place in my longboat crew after all...

4 comments:

Betsy said...

Unreal! That is one quick kid! Wow.

Floridacracker said...

Betsy,
You should see him on a soccer field.

Ava said...

Great alligator shot! I especially like his reflection in the water.

Great flying fish! That boy must have lightening reflexes!

Ava

Floridacracker said...

Ava,
Quick in Basketball.
Quick in Soccer.
Quick in fish grabbing.
Now, let's discuss chores and picking up your room. :)