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Old 10-04-2015, 10:49 AM   #1
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Fall trip to "The Springs" middle Florida.

We had planned to go to Mount Ida, Arkansas for the week LAST week, but other obligations came up. Got all the fires stamped out (hopefully!) and changed direction.

Left Atlanta 5pm Saturday, stopped at 11 or so in a Cracker Barrel lot for a nap. Got up, had breakfast, not bad! $25 for a campsite, a meal, and a clean restroom.

Now we're at Silver River SP, about to go paddle the Silver Spring.

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Tomorrow we'll head for Cedar Key to meet friends for a few days. The plan is to paddle the Santa Fe Tuesday, then maybe in the gulf Wednesday.


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We met some new friends in the campground who also have paddleboards, so we were able to paddle the entire SIlver River, instead of just piddling around the headspring. With a shuttle, the 3.5 hour trip down was no big deal!

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We saw 6or 8 alligators, countless turtles and birds, and a family of monkeys.

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Glenn----weren't you worried about being on a paddleboard with 6-8 alligators around????

I really enjoyed your postings about your trip with your father, by the way.
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Enjoy your trip. I like your trip reports. We just returned Friday from 2 weeks in Florida. I'm going to post a trip report and some pics. Stopped at drag racing museum and loved it. That place needs a few more visits in order to take it all in.


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Old 10-05-2015, 10:34 AM   #5
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Wasn't too awful worried about the 'gators. Shane, the guy in the foreground that we joined up with, was native and prepared. ( maybe over-prepared!) he had food for his party of 7 for 2days, a gun, snakebite kits etcetc. They had 5 paddleboards, plus 2 PWCs. One family had a 2year old on her board and a mini-pinscher on his! My wife may not have gone on this kind of trip without all this- not the first time anyway! But now I'm quite sure she's more at ease about it.
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Our preparedness? A sixer of Silver Bullets, two waters, four granola bars and a can of vienna sausages. That's just how we roll.




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Glenn----weren't you worried about being on a paddleboard with 6-8 alligators around????

Having worked in close proximity to gators during the 22 years before I retired, I can say that the vast majority of them want nothing to do with humans and will run the other way/jump in the water if approached. I would put venomous snakes higher on the list of dangerous critters. Even so, most of them do not want human encounters.


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Old 10-05-2015, 11:48 AM   #8
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We have a small houseboat and an inflatable dingy....during breeding season you can see their attitude change...instead of swimming away they swim toward the boat to protect their territory...dogs are a snack for gators...don't think I'd bring one in a kayak or paddle board.
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"Our preparedness? A sixer of Silver Bullets, two waters, four granola bars and a can of vienna sausages. That's just how we roll."



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Gulf Hammock wayside park.
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Cool Silver Bullets

A sixer? Do you mean a revolver?

Silver Bullets? Did you expect vampires?

I heard once that you could crawl coast to coast blindfolded and naked and not get bitten by a snake. I still wouldn't want to try it.

I suppose one gets used to living among poisonous snakes. Personally, we never have. Wisconsin east of the Wisconsin river had no poisonous snakes, and Washington, west of the Cascades doesn't either. East of the Cascades is another story. Loaded with rattlers, I understand. Never saw one but have heard plenty of anecdotes.
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Where'd you stay in Cedar Key?

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Mon, we're at Sunset Isle RV park. We'll be here again Thanksgiving week, staying at Low Key Hideaway.

Funny we should talk about snakes. Our camp-neighbor shot a six-foot rattler today, just east of here at Rosewood.


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