Monthly Archives: July 2015

Suwannee River – July 29, 2015

Nice paddle today with the Yak Pak on the upper Suwannee River between Gibson Park and Suwannee River State Park.  We expected afternoon thunderstorms so we picked a short section of only about 8.5 miles.  The rain started (and it was a doozy) as we were loading up at the end, so we timed it just right.

I love the upper Suwannee for its water-eroded limestone sculptures, tree roots carving through the rocks to reach the water, wonderful sand beaches, minute signs of life clinging to the rocks, and the occasional spring.

The low limestone bluffs typlify this section of the Suwannee

The low limestone bluffs typlify this section of the Suwannee

Fascinating limestone formation created by the Suwannee waters.

Fascinating limestone formation created by the Suwannee waters.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Roots growing through the linestone

Roots growing through the limestone

Roots growing through the linestone

Closer view of the roots

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beautiful white sand banks pile up long the bends of the Suwannee River. Perfect for lunch and swim breaks.

Beautiful white sand banks pile up long the bends of the Suwannee River. Perfect for lunch and swim breaks.

Lime Spring Run at the Suwannee.

Lime Spring Run at the Suwannee.

 

Santa Fe River – July 22, 2015

Another fine paddle on the springs section of the Santa Fe River.  Lots of time for cooling off in the springs.   No goats on this trip    but we did have a kayaking dog along this time.  The water level is low which makes the shoal sections fun to run. Wheee!

Our kayaking dog isn't sure he likes the shoals.

Our kayaking dog isn’t sure he likes the shoals.

Enjoying cooling off at Poe Springs

Enjoying cooling off at Poe Springs

 

 

 

 

 

 

Swim break at Lily Springs with Naked Ed. He's a fascinating man to talk to.

Swim break at Lily Springs with Naked Ed. He’s a fascinating man to talk to.

Naked Ed usually hides behind his fence when ladies or children are present.

Naked Ed usually hides behind his fence when ladies or children are present

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blue-fronted damselfly at Poe Springs

Blue-fronted damselfly at Poe Springs

Approaching Rum Island

Approaching Rum Island

Santa Fe River – July 18, 2015

Fun beginners paddle yesterday on the Santa Fe River for the Florida Trail Association. Four kayaks and a SUP.  We paddled the springs section from US 27 to Rum Island County Park so there were several places to swim and cool off.

We played on the rocks and in the spring at Poe Springs and talked with Naked Ed at Lily Springs.  Lots of people on the river on a hot Saturday, so not much wildlife other than sunning turtles and a friendly goat who came down to check us out.

SUPs are great for spring hopping

SUPs are great for spring hopping

But not so great for shoals

But not so great for shoals (They have fins that can break off.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A bale of turtles sunning

A bale of turtles sunning

Playing on the rocks at the entrance to Poe Springs run

Playing on the rocks at the entrance to Poe Springs run

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Little Blue Heron stalking in a congregation of American White Ibis

An immature Little Blue Heron stalking in a congregation of American White Ibis

A friendly goat that came down to check us out.

A friendly goat that came down to check us out.