Friday April 15th, a day off. It was my plan to kayak the Lower Wekiva River from Katie's Landing to the mouth of Blackwater Creek. My wife told me earlier in the week she was not coming with me. Guess what; she changed her mind and Lower Wekiva River was not what she had in mind. Where she wanted to go I did not. Warned her about the forecast for the area but lost the argument. Since she is the boss, we went to her favorite kakaying location; Haulover Canal, by the way, one of my top three places too.Haulover Canal interconects the Indian River(West) and the Mosquito Lagoon(East). Click on the link for more information and also the GPS coordinates of this incredible place. Haulover Canal.
|Mullet Head Island ahead|
Put in \ Take Out: The put in for this location, as for almost all the locations we paddle, is the take out too. Cross the bridge over Haulover Canal going north and take the next entrance to the left. There is an unpaved road, follow it to the end and that is the put in \ take out. When we arrived a group from a local outfitter was waiting for someone to launch. At 9:30 we put in before they did and headed west to Mullet Head Island, a bird sanctuary. It was sunny and choppy, with the wind coming from the south. The choppy waters were the reason I did not want to come today but, what the heck, we were already there. A dolphin fin and a manatee were spotted during the first minute of our paddle. No chance for pics though.
|Great Blue Heron|
|Tri Colored Heron|
|Brown Pelicans' Philarrmonic Orchestra|
|Brown Pelincan Nesting|
|Juvenile Great Blue Heron|
|Pelicans and Spoony|
|A couple of manatees check on us|