Rainbow River – August 29, 2015

I had a nice paddle on the Rainbow River yesterday near Dunnellon, FL.  There were about 20 people signed up, but due to dire weather reports (which didn’t materialize until our drive home) only 10 showed up.   And for once, I was NOT leading the trip.  So I got to play, take lots of pics, paddle fast or slow, chat or float silently, as I wished.

Since there were a bunch of folks signed up who needed to rent we met up at Rainbow River Canoe and Kayak.  After registration, payment, a safety and river intro talk they then shuttled all of us and our kayaks up to K.P. Hole.  But it also meant we didn’t get on the water until around 11 am.   We paddled 1.6 miles upstream to the head spring in Rainbow Springs State park, then floated back down to RRC&K’s place on the Withlacoochee RIver.  About a 9-mile trip, 1.6 miles upstream, and I paddled all the way, testing the ribs.  I’m a little sore today, but I did fine on the river, so I’m on the mend.  YAY!

Rainbow Springs head spring area

Rainbow Springs head spring area

Headed downstream on the Rainbow. The grasses support a myriad of birds.

Headed downstream on the Rainbow. The grasses support a myriad of birds.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) on a Wood Duck box.

Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) on a Wood Duck box.

Immature Tricolored Heron (Egretta tricolor) up near the head spring. He'll get bluer as he matures.

Immature Tricolored Heron (Egretta tricolor) up near the head spring.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Break so the kids could play on the rope swing.

Near the end we took a break so the kids could play on the rope swing.

Limpkin (Aramus guarauna) on a Wood Duck box.

Limpkin (Aramus guarauna) on a Wood Duck box.