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Old 11-27-2013, 04:35 PM   #631
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Good choice on Suwannee River, closer to the gulf not as interesting.
Pointing at a manatee or one of the huge Suwannee sturgeons?
We did Suwannee River State park a few month back, we were able to do two days of going up stream, first the Suwannee then the Withlachochee just a quarter mile downstream of the park it enters the Suwannee.
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Old 12-02-2013, 07:42 PM   #632
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Oh, he was pointing at a "river rise". I forget the name of the river, it dove underground for a mile or three, and then comes up right there just off of the Suwannee. We paddled up the side stream to where the river just came up under you with no big drama, like a giant spring. I think that is pretty amazing and have seen it before in Florida (the Santa Fe River for instance), but no where else have I seen rivers act like this!

And there were some other beautiful springs and side streams coming into the Suwannee all along it. Very slow current though on the main river.
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Old 12-12-2013, 11:18 PM   #633
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Got totally surprised today when Dee (Warbler5) drove up to me as I was loading my kayak after my 124th day on the water at Lake Natomas. She thought my chances of being on google Earth were pretty good as I spend so much time there. lol So I surpassed my goal of 100 days easily. probably only get out 4 or 5 more before Christmas, then a Airstream adventure for 10 days to southern calif on the beach.January is already full with 2 races and a week of kayak crabbing in the Airstream. Retirement life is hectic at times. lol
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Oh, he was pointing at a "river rise". I forget the name of the river, it dove underground for a mile or three, and then comes up right there just off of the Suwannee. We paddled up the side stream to where the river just came up under you with no big drama, like a giant spring. I think that is pretty amazing and have seen it before in Florida (the Santa Fe River for instance), but no where else have I seen rivers act like this!

And there were some other beautiful springs and side streams coming into the Suwannee all along it. Very slow current though on the main river.
O'leno state park is where the Santa Fe River goes underground. North Suwannee does have the more scenic rock walls, sand bars and springs, further south at the Manatee State Park both sides of the river has lowland woods, very short spring run of clear water dumping into the red tannin water of the river.
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Old 12-13-2013, 09:04 AM   #635
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Got totally surprised today when Dee (Warbler5) drove up to me as I was loading my kayak after my 124th day on the water at Lake Natomas. She thought my chances of being on google Earth were pretty good as I spend so much time there. lol So I surpassed my goal of 100 days easily. probably only get out 4 or 5 more before Christmas, then a Airstream adventure for 10 days to southern calif on the beach.January is already full with 2 races and a week of kayak crabbing in the Airstream. Retirement life is hectic at times. lol
I'll be looking forward to more lessons next year, and some pointers on good crabbing! Congrats on beating your 100 day goal. Zep
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Best launch dock

This is the best canoe/kayak launch dock ever! At Oscar Scherer State Park on the west coast of FL near Venice. So easy to put in and get out on that little ramp, and WAY more valued because this is alligator territory. Campsites on the river don't allow dogs; they tend to disappear.
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Old 01-23-2014, 05:01 PM   #637
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Did you find the Tiki Bar down the intercostal? One of my favorite paddling destinations from Oscar. On the paddle home your ready to wrestle a gator.

The hip is doing very well, have 3 outing for 30 miles so far. There is kayaking after total hip replacement, thank God.
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Did you find the Tiki Bar down the intercostal? One of my favorite paddling destinations from Oscar. On the paddle home your ready to wrestle a gator.
Can anyone say Skeeterville?
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You lucky dogs down in Florida….!

Our water temps this time of year are 42*!!!!

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Man, Oscar Scherer is a great place to kayak, but I really hate that they've turned the few waterfront sites they have into no dog sites. There are two sites next to each other that are absolutely primo and we used to stay there at least four times a year (it's only a 30 minute drive), but haven't been back since the new rule, which I think took effect in 2013.

We've got german shepherds and never had any sort of encounter whatsoever there. We've encountered more "danger" in other parks with wild boar, nasty raccoons, snakes, etc... oh well.
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Where is this tiki bar?

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Can anyone say Skeeterville?
Brad, that last pic brings tears to my eyes, we couldn't get reservations at Oscar this year. I'll bet the new boat dock is quite a challenge after the Tiki Bar. Actually, kind of looks like it may have been designed at the Tiki Bar.

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Luc, it's at 801 Blackburn Point Road , Osprey, Florida

Had the best paddle of the year today. Started from the St. George Peninsula State Park campground on the bay side. The bay was glass, and I mean glass with crystal clear water. A dolphin and I scared the crap out of each other when it came up for air under my paddle. It saw me and darted away at the speed of light about a foot under my boat.

After my heart rate stabilized, I continued on to a small island where a pair of bald eagles are nesting. Howie, I'm sure you read this thread. The eagles are doing well, they moved to another tree though.
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The arrow points to the Tiki Bar.

A couple of shots at Oscar Scherer earlier today before we head back to the great white north, aye hoser? Well, actually ATL but it is supposed to be in low digits the next few days, not really why we moved to ATL.

Dale, like you, I had a close encounter with a Dolphin earlier today - no more than 2 paddle lengths away from me and aiming midships - scared the crap out of me; beautiful creatures, though.

If you are down at Oscar Scherer some time, ask for "Wendall". He is one of the park rangers, used to have his own kayaking business until it got commoditized, but loves to go out - and apparently has some good spots. Next time I am down and have more time, I will reconnect with him.
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I had an interesting experience yesterday. I paddled in the Atlantic Ocean with the gentleman who designed my sea kayaks. Susie and I were at Juno Beach Florida waiting on the Henry brothers to land after a 4000+ mile paddle lol. They were completing a 7 month journey from South America to Juno via the Caribbean.

About an hour before the boys were scheduled to arrive, I was talking with their father, Brian Henry, and he mentioned he thought about renting a kayak to paddle out to meet them but decided not to. I told him I had a Solctice and Kestrel on my truck if he still wanted to try it. "Let's go" was his response a millisecond later. As you would expect, spotting other kayaks in an ocean is like looking for a needle in a hay stack. We turned back and found the boys had paddled by us, and had already arrived. I must admit, Brian did handle that 12' Kestrel pretty well in the waves.

Just think about what a great experience those brothers must of had, and all the people they met. I'm sure they will do more trips, but to do a trip like this with your brother must make it very special. Ahhhh, to be 22 again.
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