A fantastic, albeit chilly at the start, paddle on the lower Ocklawaha River. But we were all prepared for the cold and it warmed up about 30 degrees through the day – from about 35 degrees when we arrived to over 65 degrees when we took out. It DOES get cold in Florida, it just usually doesn’t last very long. This was the first trip where I tried adding a layer of closed-cell foam (a cheap camp sleeping pad) in the bottom of my kayak and my legs and feet stayed cozy warm once on the water.
We paddled from the Rodman Dam canoe launch to Johnson Landing boat ramp on SR 19 – about 8 miles. Sunshine and deep blue skies made a wonderful backdrop for all the white birds. We saw lots of gators, Great Blue Heron, Great Egrets – one in early breeding plumage, a Bald Eagle or two, Wood Storks and loads and loads of Ibis. Those who cancelled due to the predicted cold missed a really spectacular trip.