When I left the house to do my shakedown cruise of the new kayak, I really did not have a solid destination in mind.
One of the joys (and dilemmas) of the nature coast region of Florida is the abundance of water, both fresh and salt.
Springs, streams, national scenic rivers, lakes, estuarine creeks, the open Gulf of Florida ... it's quite the smorgasbord of aquatic opportunity.
As it turned out, I headed towards the town of Suwannee without a clear launch point in mind, just the assumption that I would find something along the way.
That is how I stumbled upon the Dixie Mainline Trail/Road. You can google it or Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge for all the particulars. This post is just a snapshot of my sojourn along this beautiful swampy, marshy road.
Dr. Seuss tree? ... mistletoe.
The Dixie Mainline is a narrow 9 mile limerock road/trail that used to be a logging railbed. You can walk it, bike it, drive it. I imagine if you try this trail in the warmer months you will be drained of most of your blood by mosquitoes.
The scenery along the way is a combo of mixed freshwater swamp forest and saltmarsh. I saw one other person the day I was there.
Don't expect to use your cell phone in this area.
Teenagers should probably avoid this area of Florida completely as they might go into cellular shock.
The tide was off somewhere gallivanting and the Mainline creeks were just barely wet when I was there, so I did not kayak either of the larger creeks I crossed ... they weren't large now, just larger than the tiny culverted creeks that sneak under the mainline.
I am really interested in this creek. Tidal creeks are usually dark and murky with detritus and silt, but this one is wonderfully clear with a good flow.
Is there a spring upstream?
This was my first time on the Dixie Mainline Trail so the answer may be common knowledge to everyone but me.
I guess I'll just have to go back and find out for myself...
... love doing that.
I hope you had a good New Years Eve.
Ours was waaaaaaaay quieter than the usual ... no pyrofirecrackernistics or house full of cousins and friends.
We did not win last night's basketball game, but Friday we play Mayo so hope springs eternal.
Looks like BBQ ribs for our New Years Day meal ... whachu cookin'?