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Old 10-06-2015, 08:42 AM   #15
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Still on snakes.....read today that this flooding in South Carolina will literally "flood out" the snakes. There is concern that this could increase the safety concerns that they are already dealing with
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Old 10-07-2015, 04:47 AM   #16
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In the 30 or so years I have been in the Sunshine State, I have seen 3 eastern diamondback rattlesnakes, or an average of 1 every decade. Two were crossing roads, the third was in a neighbor's yard, and when she called, I quickly dispatched it with a .410, aptly named by its manufacturer "Snake Charmer." In that same period I have seen only 1 coral snake and 1 Pygmy rattler, and maybe a dozen water moccasins. Most of the snakes I see are the non-venomous varieties, such as indigo snakes (which eat rattlesnakes), black racers, and various species of rat snakes. I do, however, go for weeks or even months without seeing/encountering a single snake.


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Old 10-07-2015, 09:28 AM   #17
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We humans generally make too much noise to sneak up on snakes. That said, I do try to stay in the middle of rivers, away from overhanging trees and the vegetation along the bank. If you want to find the precise absolute centerline of a waterway, just track my wife! If I get beside her sometimes, she'll tell me "Stop it, you're pushing me toward the edge!"


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Old 10-07-2015, 09:44 AM   #18
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Old 10-07-2015, 01:59 PM   #19
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From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
"It has been estimated that 7,0008,000 people per year receive venomous bites in the United States, and about 5 of those people die."
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Old 10-07-2015, 10:12 PM   #20
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Paddled the Santa Fe river today, best day paddling we've ever had. Visited many springs, had the river to ourselves. Marveled at the beauty of nature. Far out, man.

I've spent most of my life in and around water in north Georgia, but was unprepared for vivid blue water just coming up out of the ground like that, and the stark contrast where the crystal spring water entered the coffee-colored river. And hundreds of huge turtles. Just wow.

And all with the light of my life.

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Old 10-08-2015, 03:17 PM   #21
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Glenn---where did you take that photo? What city would you be nearest?
Gorgeous turquoise water!!
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Old 10-08-2015, 08:16 PM   #22
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Not positive, but I think that was in the Ginnie Springs park. We visited at least a dozen springs as we floated down the Santa Fe.


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Old 10-08-2015, 08:35 PM   #23
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Tomorrow we're floating Rainbow River in Dunellon. Supposed to be even prettier!


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Rainbow was beautiful and clear.

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The water in that pic was over 6 feet deep.

Leaving Cedar Key this morning to paddle one more river on the way north.

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Old 10-11-2015, 10:17 AM   #25
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Ichetucknee Springs was the prettiest paddle of all. Click image for larger version

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...but the "family" campground right across from the SP is not one that We'll recommend. Served our purpose, though. One more scenic paddle, and the tubing vendor associated with the CG followed me to the takeout point to leave my shuttle for a reasonable rate.

Got up, hitched and left by 8am headed for home. Just cruising up 75 near Jasper and had our first (only, I hope!) equipment failure. The homemade aluminum brackets holding the homemade rockguard. When it came loose it hammered against the SUPs on the TV, and we both had a momentary fit thinking we lost the boards. ($2500 or so down the tubes)

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Didn't take long for ol' Bamtech1 to apply a presidential solution, but I guess I need to move the rockguard up the list a notch or two.

Restaurant Recommendation!

We're now stopped at Lake City, GA, just inside the line. We wanted a sit-down breakfast, and were thinking maybe another Cracker Barrel, though we're always unimpressed. We had even pushed on into georgia because at least we could get Waffle House! As it happens, we saw a "eat where the locals eat" sign and stopped at The Farmhouse Restaurant. Local place, regular home-cooked food.

Very nice. Ruined a perfectly good appetite! Now I just have to stay awake the 4 hours home...


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We made it home without further incident. Just five weeks in harness 'til we get to go back for turkey week!

One last picture to share, an amazing image of the milky way spewing out of a lit-up trillium:

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Reposted from Instagram with permission, taken Friday night by our friend and camp neighbor Pat, who is a pro photographer.


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And he keeps sending more. Check out everymilesamemory.com

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