We had one of our best paddles in a long time yesterday – the Silver really strutted her stuff for us!
We took 9 kayakers from the Florida Trail Association out on the Silver River, from Silver Springs State Park downstream to Ray Wayside County Park in Silver Springs, FL. A part of what made this trip special was the congeniality of the group. Everyone was having a good time, everyone just meshed, even though most had never met until reaching the boat launch.
Even though it was cloudy, and it even sprinkled on us for a few minutes a couple of times, the day was warm and we thoroughly enjoyed every minute. For one person it was her first time in a kayak. For several others it was their first time on the Silver and they all loved it.
Another part of what made this trip great was that everyone was happy to take their time and really see everything. The trip is only a little over 5 miles with a good current, but we spent 5 hours on the water. We poked into every cove and spent lots of time taking pictures.
And the third part of what made this trip great was the amount and diversity of wildlife. We saw gators of all sizes, Cooters and Sliders sunning, all kinds of water birds and watched two different troops of monkeys playing in the trees. I even got a couple of little videos of one troop moving from one side of the river to the other using the overhead trees. I’ll put the monkey pics into a separate post later – I’m still editing them.