The local Manatee sanctuaries open as scheduled on November 15th. In an rare turn of events, substantial groups of Manatee also swim gently to the springs on that day. Lots of folks claim credit for that happy coincidence, but unfortunately the cause of this unusually serendipitous start to the season is the cooler temps that drive the animals toward warmer water.
Facing a paddling day on the water with temps starting the the 50s, I attempt to create a fashion statement that combines both marine elegance and warmth. Judging from Sandy’s hysterical laughter when I meet her at the kayak dock, I may have missed the target on the elegant aspect of my ensemble. At least I had that whole “layer” thing going for me!
Becoming One with the Manatee
Sunday morning, I become even more in tune with the Manatee when both my water heaters stop working in the RV. Apparently I have a leak in the system that prevents the electric elements and the diesel burners from operating. At least that is my take on it based on the expanding pool of water underneath the heater bay outside. Unaware of my plight at first, I jump into the shower to begin my day. The icy slivers of water that slash my skin before I can interrupt the flow almost stop my heart. Now I understand why the Manatee have to get to the tepid springs when the Gulf waters go below 68 degrees.
Paul at RV Systems can’t get me on his schedule for a repair until next week. In the meantime he suggests that I run the coach engine for 30 minutes before I require hot water. This will allow the engine to warm up the water through the Hydrohot plumbing. Unfortunately the temperature change that results from this effort is merely “less cold” not actually warm. I am due to work the boardwalk at Three Sisters Spring again on Wednesday. I wonder if the Manatee would mind if I joined them for a bath in their 74 degree water? You think they would be upset if I brought my bubble bath?