We were in site 25; nice large site; no trees hanging in our way and level! What more could you ask for? And, it looked like we had some really cool neighbors.
We knew that the walk to the boat landing was a bit far to carry the kayak so Dan went to work building a set of wheels....
|How does he come up with all these ideas?!!|
|A slight modification to the trolling motor was also in order....|
|Ta-dah! The finished products.|
Time to launch the boat....I admit that I was more than just a itsy bit nervous about paddling with the gators. Our friend Nancy calmed my nerves via email but I was still a scaredy cat!!
|Boat launch at Silver River State Park|
|Our view as we head downstream...|
|Mother Nature at her finest|
|Crystal clear water|
This was our first time paddling in a spring and were in awe of the clarity of the water. You could see fish and turtles swimming right beside the kayak. We meandered down the river taking in all of the scenery. Birds were everywhere! I'm still learning the names of many of them and am sure it will take some tine to master this!
Paddle....paddle....paddle....my eyes were scanning left to right in search of alligators and monkeys. Finally.....they were heard before they were seen...
From what I understand, the monkeys were brought to the area by an individual (Colonel Tooey) who was offering "jungle cruises". Apparently he thought it would be more jungle-y if there were monkeys along the river. So....bring in a few rhesus monkeys and 70-80 years later, you can see their descendents along the Silver River. There have actually been attempts to remove the monkeys from the area but they keep on returning. Their average life span is only four years.
We were fascinated with the monkeys but also did not want to get too close. There was another boat near us that had people on it that were tossing cut-up oranges to the monkeys.
|I'm so cute but where are the oranges?|
|Any oranges in here?|
|Ah-ha! Here are the oranges!|
|Yeah - I know I'm cute!!|
|Why does everyone keep taking my picture??|
These next few pictures seem to tell a story....the Dad is on the left; the Mom in the middle and the baby on the right....
|The Dad wants to take a nap.....|
|The Dad is down for the count! Mom seems to be consoling the baby!|
|Nope- he was just playing 'possum!!|
|Nice silhouette of a monkey|
We had a good time watching the monkeys and right before we left Dan said "Looks - there's a gator".....I quickly did my back paddling....
He was an itty bitty thing but that did not matter to me! Further down the river, we saw two more....
That was enough paddling for me for the day! The next day it rained most of the day so we didn't venture outside too much. Thursday we paddled the river again but went up to the headsprings. Unfortunately, I have no pictures to share as, although I charged my battery, I forgot to put it back in my camera. Duh!
We thoroughly enjoyed Silver River State Park and would like to come back as we just didn't have enough time to do everything we wanted to!