I am proud of Valerie and of me. We not only make it to Florida in one long piece, we also back the whole rig into my spot with no yelling or obscenities being exchanged. Since we both agree to volunteer at Three Sisters Springs for National Wildlife Refuge day we are busy with that event as soon as we arrive. In no time at all it is time for me to drive Valerie to Tampa to catch her flight home. Thanks again Val for your excellent navigation and calm setup assistance!!
Kayaking in Kings Bay
The Gulf waters are not yet cool enough to drive the Manatees toward the spring waters of Florida. To prepare for the arrival of the Manatees and their tourist groupies, I am training with experienced volunteers at the Wildlife Refuge. With such great teachers, I should be armed with enough knowledge to hold my own very soon.
After a scheduling struggle, I finally hook up with three lovely young women who train me on Manatee Watch in kayaks. I haven’t paddled in a while and I thank Tonya, Kerrigan and Alexis for their extreme patience with me. Next time I promise to carry and launch my own kayak!
My ornery GoPro joins me on this trip to capture the feel of the morning on video. I manage to get a lot of boat noise and a few good segments of the ride. Using only my knees to hold the camera (haven’t figured out a kayak mount yet) most of the video is a little shaky. Fortunately even the mediocre shots reflect the tranquility of our morning float. Share a morning paddle and a meeting of the manatees with me in the video below.