I slipped away on Sunday for a bit of kayaking down in Gulf Hammock. My plan was to launch at the Gulf Hammock boat ramp on the Waccasassa River and paddle upstream until I came to the mouth of the Wekiva Run.
Florida has two Wekiva's, the best known is the central Florida river and state park near Orlando.
My Wekiva is a spring run also, but without state park protection.
This derelict shrimping vessel was in my second post back in 2005.
Several tropical storms have taken their toll on her and she's changed alot since '05. Not so picturesque these days and a potential oil spill and definite eyesore now.
It does seem as if the owner would be responsible for salvaging the vessel and getting her out of this river, but still she sits.
It was a T-shirt (sleeveless of course) day so all the gators were beneath me somewhere and not sunning on the banks.
Even if the gators were warm enough to be uncooperative photos subjects, the turtles were easy prey. There was alot of plop-plopping as I cruised closer for a pic.
The scenery along the Waccasassa and the Wekiva is pretty sweet in a subtropical way. Although most of the big cypress trees were logged out of here back in the day, a few were missed and left to tower over the forest where they dramatically accentuate the puny nature of "normal" sized modern trees.
I cruised upstream on a low tide until I came to a fork in the river ... did I go left or right?
That is the question.
And, I will have pictures of the deflowering of the previously unfishy fishing kayak ... can't say that anymore.
Plus a wee video or two of the river.