One of the YakPak was downsizing her fleet and gave me a Dimension Jolt kayak to give away to someone who needed it. I cleaned it up a little and posted a “free to good home” notice to my paddling regulars. The first response was from a nice gal in south Georgia who was looking for something easier to load and paddle than her barge-like Hobie sit-on-top. We met up near High Spings, FL on the Santa Fe River so she could take it for a spin.
While chilly and foggy early on it turned into a gorgeous Florida winter day. We put in at the High Springs Ramp of US 41/441, paddled up to the River Rise and floated back down to our start point. It’s was only a little 5.6 mile paddle, but we saw a few birds, some lovely river homes, were serenaded by a canoeing fiddle player, and the used kayak has found a new home with a paddler who will appreciate it.
Paddling up the Santa Fe
Anhinga and Cooter sunning on a fallen tree
River Rise – where the Santa Fe returns from below ground for the remainder of it’s journey to the Suwannee
Florida Softshell Turtle (Apalone ferox) sunning on a log
Canoeing fiddler playing on the bank
A nice little Wednesday morning paddle on the Santa Fe River near High Springs, FL. Since in the past few months we have done US 27 to Rum Island several times, today we started at Rum Island County Park and paddled down to Santa Fe River Park at SR 47.
The Santa Fe River was up 1-2 feet after all the recent rain and the water was quick, tannin-stained, and full of suspended particles. The dark water pushed its way in to cover all except the strongest springs so we missed seeing many of our small favorites, but Gilchrist Blue Spring, Ginnie Spring and Dogwood Spring were beautiful. And with hardly anyone else on the river or playing in the springs (we saw 5 other kayaks, 2 tubers and 2 snorkelers the whole trip) it was a good day for a few underwater pics.
Santa Fe River just outside of Ginnie Springs, under Water Oaks and blue skies.
Santa Fe River reflections.
Gilchrist Blue Springs run.
A turtle swimming in Gilchrist Blue Springs run – about a foot underwater
Underwater shot at Ginnie Springs. I loved the play of light on the sand bottom of the spring vent.
Another underwater shot at Ginnie Springs, again with light patterns on the bottom.
Dogwood Spring, just downstream from Ginnie Springs
Blue Fronted Dancer damselfly (Argia apicalis). They were really swarming this morning and loved our red kayak.
A few more pics from the Santa Fe River near High Springs, FL. These were taken on my Saturday repeat of my Wednesday August 8th paddle. Same trip – US 27 to Rum Island County Park – different people.
Coasting down the Santa Fe under (temporarily) blue skies.
Riding the roller coaster through the shoals.
Swimming at Lily Springs – again no Naked Ed.
Exploring Jonathan Spring