Monthly Archives: June 2016

Juniper Creek – June 8, 2016

Well, today we had a wonderful Plan B paddle.

We were scheduled to paddle the Juniper Creek run from the Recreation Area to SR 19.  But Juniper Creek was closed due to high water after Tropical Storm Colin, so we abandoned Plan A and drove down to what was to have been our take out point at SR 19 (where there is no concessionaire to close things down if conditions exceed “Disney standards”) and paddled from there along Juniper Creek, Little Juniper Creek, Lake George (a wide spot in the St Johns River) and then up Silver Glen Springs run to the open recreation area at the springs.

The water was high and racing on Juniper Creek, but that only made it more fun and less paddling so our hands were free for photography.  Little Juniper Creek was full of birds and nice and winding.  Lake George was full of gators.

We ate lunch  on a beautiful little sand island at the junction of Silver Glen Springs Run and Lake George and took a swim break there.

It was a wonderful day of blue skies and towering white clouds, great company, and lots of wildlife. Another most excellent day in paradise!

Juniper Creek under blue skies and white clouds

Juniper Creek under blue skies and white clouds

Little Juniper Creek - narrow and winding.

Little Juniper Creek – narrow and winding.

 

 

 

 

 

 

We coast along the western shore of expansive Lake George, a wide spot in the St Johns River.

We coast along the western shore of expansive Lake George, a wide spot in the St Johns River.

Little Gator hiding in the cypress knees on Lake George. About 30 inches long. With a sandy bottom we were going to stop here for lunch, but decided not to!

Little Gator hiding in the cypress knees on Lake George. About 30 inches long. With a sandy bottom we were going to stop here for lunch, but decided not to!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Found a better spot for lunch and swimming on an island where Silver Glen Springs run meets Lake George.

We found a better spot for lunch and swimming on an island where the Silver Glen Springs run meets Lake George.

Silver Glen Springs was busy but inviting, so after loading up the kayaks we managed a cool dip.

Silver Glen Springs was busy but inviting, so after loading up the kayaks we managed a cool dip.