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Suwannee Quest 8 – August 20, 2016

Stage 8 of the Suwannee Quest – the YakPak’s attempt to lead the Sandhill Chapter of the Florida Trail Association in paddling all 206 miles of the Suwannee River in Florida – one piece at a time.

We had a wonderful paddle from Eula Landing to Fanning Springs – a little over 14 miles – poking our noses into a number of springs along the way.  At the south end you can use either Fanning Springs State Park or just across the river is the Joe Anderson Public boat ramp.  We elected to use Joe Anderson because it offers more parking at the ramp and in the adjacent park.  The water level by the White Springs gauge was 52.04 – medium low.

Rain was predicted for the afternoon and a number of people canceled due to the prediction, but all we got was about 15 minutes of light shower at Copper Spring.  Not even enough to put on our rain jackets and skirts.

We enjoyed the water, each other’s company and cooling off on a hot August day.  We also ran into a delightful older couple in a home-made boat.  The “craft” under the umbrellas was a couple in a home-made boat.  Two kayaks within a PVC frame powered by a trolling motor.  The little tolling motor was pushing them at about our speed so we paddled with them for an hour or so.  You can see them in the Hart Springs pictures below sporting beach umbrellas.

Setting off from Eula Landing

Setting off from Eula Landing,

Paddling up Hart Springs run.

Paddling up Hart Springs run in the company of a home-made boat.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Iron Springs. We didn't swim here, but you can see why it's called "Iron" springs. The spring run was good for cooling off, though.

Iron Springs. We didn’t swim here, but you can see why it’s called “Iron” springs. The spring run was good for cooling off, though.

Little Otter Spring.

Little Otter Spring.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kayak shadow on bottom of Little Otter Spring.

Kayak shadow on the sand bottom of Little Otter Spring.

Cooling off in Little Otter Spring.

Cooling off in Little Otter Spring.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Entrance to Copper Spring in a light rain.

Entrance to Copper Spring in a light rain.

Copper Spring outflow. The actual spring vent is underground and on private property, so this is what you can see.

Copper Spring outflow. The actual spring vent is underground and on private property.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bell Spring

Bell Spring

Underwater shot of fish in rocky vent at Bell Spring.

Underwater shot of fish in rocky vent at Bell Spring.

 

 

Suwannee Quest 7 – July 23, 2016

Stage 7 of the Suwannee Quest – the YakPak’s attempt to lead the Sandhill Chapter of the Florida Trail Association in paddling all 206 miles of the Suwannee River in Florida – one piece at a time.

This trip took us from Hirsh Landing to Eula Landing and we had a great time beating the heat in the springs.  We visited a no-name spring, Pot Hole Spring, had lunch at Rock Bluff Spring, stopped for a break along the river at a rope swing and took a final swim at Rock Sink.  We did 14 miles in 7 hours, so you know we spent almost as much time playing as paddling!  The water level by the White Springs gauge was 50.01 – medium low.

Didn’t see much wildlife except for a few Cormorants, Anhingas, Ibis, and very briefly 3 Swallow-tail Kites.  We did see lots of jumping sturgeon and beered-up motor boaters, all of which we managed to avoid.

All our "little duckies" in a row as we set out from Hirsh Landing.

All our “little duckies” in a row as we set out from Hirsh Landing.

Colorful kayaks on the Suwannee.

Colorful kayaks on the Suwannee.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Entrance to Pot Hole Spring near Hirsh Landing.

Entrance to Pot Hole Spring near Hirsh Landing.

Cooling off at Pot Hole Spring.

Cooling off at Pot Hole Spring.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Underwater shot at Rock Bluff spring.

Underwater shot at Rock Bluff spring.

Magnificent old cypress tree in Rock Bluff Spring near Little Lake City, FL. By 1 pm it was wall-to-wall motor boats, so we continued on down the river.

Magnificent old cypress tree in Rock Bluff Spring near Little Lake City, FL. By 1 pm it was wall-to-wall motor boats, so we continued on down the river.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Just had to try out the rope swing!

Just had to try out the rope swing!

A last cool-down break at Rock Sink near Eula Landing

A last cool-down break at Rock Sink near Eula Landing.