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Saturday, March 3, 2018

Silver River

Now, there is no better pic to illustrate this is a true View From Our Kayak

Made it back to the water and to the Silver River, a Central Florida paradise. Sorry for the delay but had a really hard time with my computer but finally is working at 60% capacity I would say. That is good enough for at least post some pics. Had a wonderful day at the Silver River: monkeys, manatees, gators, and much more...Here we go!!!!!!!

Manatee at Silver River(taken with GoPro)

Put in/ Take Out: Ocala Boat Club(aka Ray's Wayside). For location and costs please check previous posts about this location. (the older the better)


One of my shortest days at the Silver River. Usually I take my time and the trip upstream itself can take me 5 hours. This time it took me "only" three with pic stops included. Two hours on my way back to Ray's Wayside, mostly because did stop for a while to take pics of a monkey troop. Here are the pics of my upstream trip...

This gator seems to have dislocated jaw. Poor thing...

Green Heron

A couple in a kayak told me about three manatees in a cove upstream. I did not find the three of them. Just found this one...not complaining though...

Anhinga in breeding mode

Did stop at the State Park launch site for 15 minutes. Stretched my legs, my back, are a snack I brought with me, and started my downstream paddle. Lots of activity at the park due the Spring Fest. Saw a red kayak belonging to my mentor Master Dave Cannon, from Dave's Yak Tales. Did not have the chance to say hello. Here are my pics during the downstream paddle...

Green Heron

 Was thinking that this trip would be my second monkey-less paddle in a row at the Silver River when saw activity in the forest, two boats, and two kayaks looking at the river bank. That only means monkeys are there...

Rhesus Monkey at the Silver River

Spent around 25 minutes with the monkey troop, then decided to continue. Here are the rest of the pics...

The same "friends" from the second pic form this post.

Pied-billed Grebe


Wood Duck


Made it to Ray's Wayside at 3:30 PM. I cannot remember finishing a paddle at the Silver River so early. It was a good one regardless. Hope you like the pics. See you soon. Let us see from where we will be sharing the Views From Our Kayak.

Silver River Manatee

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

St Johns River - BLue Spring and Snake Creek Area

Resident Eagle

After months neglecting the yak finally made it back to the water. I will not going into the details of this trip as there are not much details to tell. Simply kayaked the area near Blue Springs, you cannot go in because is a manatee refuge from Nov 15 to February(???), and a bit into Snake Creek. It was a relaxing and fun day.

Great Egret

Put In / Take Out: Blue Springs State Park in Orange City. Please check another post from this location for details. And to the pics...HERE WE GO!!!!!!

Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle

Gator...a Big One!!!!

Same gator

A full body pic now

Juvenile Little Blue Heron


Limpkin close up




Snowy Egret

Little Blue Heron

Belted Kingfisher

Red Bellied Woodpecker


Red Shoulder Hawk

Deer at Snake Creek

Snowy Egret

Snowy Egret

Gator encounter of the weird kind...almost head on!!!!

And this is it. I wish to have some of these ops back. Would have done a better job. I guess that is what months of inactivity and no practice does to you. Anyways hope you like the pics and stay tuned. I will make a better effort to stay active and share the Views From Our Kayak.

Snake Creek