Great kayak trip yesterday on one of our favorite “rivers” — the Ichetucknee (Itch-a-TUCK-nee) under perfect blue skies. We started just outside the head spring in Ichetucknee Springs State Park and continued 5 miles to the end where it joins the Santa Fe River. Then we continued about 5 miles down the Santa Fe to Lemmons Park at US 129.
We didn’t see many birds this trip, but we did come across what we think is a beaver lodge (We’ve seen beaver “gnawings” on previous trips), bunches of Alligator Lilies, a little bunny nibbling on stream-side vegetation, watched a green anole getting a drink at lunch time, saw two beautifully patterned Brown Water snakes (non-poisonous), some Giant Swallowtail butterflies and thousands of damselflies. Also had a great time wading and swimming in the crystal clear water during our lunch break on the Ich.