|Red-Tailed Hawk watches the waters of Lake Minehaha|
After almost a year of reading reports on Dave's Yak Tales about the Winter Park Chain of Lakes finally decided that it was time to pay a visit. Almost every week I read reports about this place and say..."Have to go there". Today was the day. Had a very nice paddle visiting six lakes; Maitland, Minnehaha, Nina, Osceola, Virginia and Mizell thru 4 different canals.
Put In / Take Out: We did put in at Fort Maitland Park, in Maitland. Arrived around 8:30 and were in the water by 8:45. Here is a link with the park's location. Another website states the address as 900 South Orlando Avenue( or 17 / 92). It is not designed for kayakers but for boaters but there is an area where kayaks and canoes can put in. It gives you access to Lake Maitland, the bigger lake of this chain. We dropped our yak in a grassy area, did park in the visitor's area(there is another area just for trailers) and joined my wife beside the docks. I did not use the boat ramp because it is concrete and our yak is already in bad shape. If you use the boat ramp leave room for boaters. Chances are one or two will leave or arrive while you are there.
|Great Blue Heron|
|Limpkin over Lake Maitland|
|White water lily pad|
|Moorhen and chick|
|Lake Maitland view|
|Kraft Azalea Gardens|
|Sculpture at the Albin Polasek Museum and Sculpture Gardens|
Did You Know That? Our Did You Know That? of this post is dedicated to Albin Polasek. He was Chez-American sculptor that created more than 400 works in his career. The museum, the Albin Polasek Museum and Sculpture Gardens at Winter Park has 200 of them in display. Check the following link for more information about this great sculptor named Albin Polasek
|Lake Virginia is seen at the end of the Fern Canal|
|Genius Canal. Lake Mizell is at the other side|
Here are more pics of what we saw today. I apologize for not having pics of how the Venetian and the Fern Canal look when you are on them. Blogger messed up the orientation of the pics and placed them upside down. Same thing happen with the sculpture's pics. It is a little disappointing not to able to share those pics with you but here are the ones I can share. Let me start with the Winter Park Chain of Lakes Air Guard:
|Red Shoulder Hawk(Juvenile)|
A few more...
|Flowers in the lake|
|Little Blue Heron|
|Labrador in a yard|
Here is a link to the Photobucket slideshow album with more pics...Winter Park Chain of Lakes
Thanks for reading and hope you come back soon for another Views From Our Kayak
|Wood Ducks Flying away|