What was almost a canceled trip due to high winds in the forecast turned out to be another exhilarating paddle on the Silver River.
To conserve energy as we headed upstream, we used the inside curves and paddled close to shore where the current wasn't as strong. This brought us under overhanging trees which has its advantages in the summer, but in the winter, trees are mostly bare. Passing under these trees can bring surprises - some not of the photographic type. Let me explain: Paddling quietly along, we were startled by a series of little splashes all around us in the water and quickly realized it was not tiny fish jumping but bird droppings. Luckily, we escaped unscathed from the messy barrage raining down from above. But it seems the 'mood' strikes our fine feathered friends just about the same time as the arrival of 'targets' beneath them...
To our delight, that was only a minor inconvenience and we were able to enjoy the remainder of this beautiful river without another incident. There were lots of bird varieties (not all of which were looking for targets), ducks, huge jumping fish, monkeys, and yes, alligators. So included on this trail are only a few of the many pictures taken along the way. Pay close attention to one in particular - on the left side is a small Hawk looking suspiciously at the large population of Ibis foraging on the muddy shoreline...what do you suppose he was thinking? Anyway, after a few moments, he flew away. Maybe it was the sight of my kayak floating nearby, or maybe he finally realized size does matter.
brindajoyce • 2011-09-24 We launch from Rays Wayside and the last time I was there a dead-fall prevented us from paddling on the Ocklawaha - hopefully it has been removed.
Bill6326 • 2011-09-24 Try the Ocklawaha river next time, it is really wild!
Bill6326 • 2011-09-24 I love the Silver River. I have pictures of otters swimming there. It is a good river to go on during the winter months as well. the 72 degree water feels warm in the winter and nice and cool in the summer months.
brindajoyce • 2011-09-22 Yes, there are monkeys along the Silver River... non-native Rhesus Macaques which were introduced to the park in early 1938 by a tour boat operator, known locally as "Colonel Tooey," to enhance his "Jungle Cruise" ride. There are several colonies along the Silver River, and are fun to watch (from a distance).
DannyBurns • 2011-09-19 Is that a Monkey,I would love to see one in the wild one day! Looks like a really cool trip with great photo opps... Thank you for sharing!