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
Fascinating limestone formation created by the Suwannee waters.
Roots growing through the limestone
Closer view of the roots
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.
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.
Enjoying cooling off at Poe Springs
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
Blue-fronted damselfly at Poe Springs
Approaching Rum Island
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
But not so great for shoals (They have fins that can break off.)
A bale of turtles sunning
Playing on the rocks at the entrance to Poe Springs run
An immature Little Blue Heron stalking in a congregation of American White Ibis
A friendly goat that came down to check us out.