A sweet return to Juniper Creek spring run in the Ocala National Forest for the YakPak. We saw our first hint of fall color of the year in a little Sweet Gum tree near the end and one little gator and a few turtles.
Most of the downed trees have been breached after last month’s tropical storm, but we did find a newly fallen oak tree that took the 4 of us about 3/4 of an hour to work our way through it. We cleared and broke off what branches we could because we knew there was a canoe coming down after us, but with no real tools we couldn’t do a good job. Had to get out of the kayaks into waist- to chest-deep water to work the kayaks, then our bodies under and over the trunks and limbs and through the entangling vines. The Rec Area knows about it and it should be opened up by the weekend, but if you are going out there Thursday or Friday plan on being a little late!
And now a few pics of us working our way through the tree on the middle section. While unexpected and tiring and took a lot of team work, it was not dangerous. We know Juniper Creek very well and kind of expect the unexpected on this creek. We actually had quite a bit of fun! Got a little water on the camera lens, tho.