We left the sunny wetlands behind, as the current on the Ichetucknee river pushed us forward into a dark tunnel of cypress trees. They stretched upwards, so tall they seemed to join each other at their tips, blotting out the winter sky. Bright orange foliage poked between the bleached white trunks. Gnarled stumps jutted from the rich soil. Nature’s art, worn smooth from years of river flooding. Turtles perched on half-submerged logs, stretching their legs out in a ‘plank’ pose. And schools of fish dashed beneath our kayaks, their bodies silvery flashes over the pools of turquoise on the limestone riverbed. It was us and the river. The only sounds were the swish of our paddles stirring the water and the birds in the trees.
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My bright blue kayak bobbed on the waves. The wind picked up and the knot in my stomach tightened. To my left yawned the gaping mouth of the Weeki Wachee and Mud Rivers, and to my right stretched the endless Gulf of Mexico. I was but a speck in the great wide open sea. My…
Kayaking is fun, enjoyable, and the most eco-friendly way to explore- but before you run out a buy an kayak, there are some essential things you should know about this popular water sport.
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A mist rose from the river as our kayaks slid through the crystal clear water. Our early morning launch from Silver Springs State Park was rewarded by the rowdy antics of a family of rhesus monkeys on a nearby river bank. Feral monkeys in the heart of North Central Florida. This was only the start of our kayaking adventure on the Silver River.
The noise of the busy KP Hole faded into the distance and it was just us and the river, paddling through the wide channels cutting through the marshland. Anhinga birds perched on overhanging trees to dry their wet feathers in the early morning sun. Kayaking on Florida’s Rainbow River can be an hour out or an entire day’s adventure. Here are a few tips and tricks to make your adventure a memorable one.
I started my kayaking adventures just before summer started, with visions of glorious days spent on the river, snorkeling in Florida’s crystal clear springs, surrounded by smiling happy children. Yeah, my imagination CAN be over active at times. And all things haven’t gone as cheery and golden as planned. Yeah, no one offers to tell you the bad stuff, so I learned it by sheer initiation. Here are 5 things I wish I had known before I started kayaking:
I’d rather be kayaking. How about you?