Monday, September 18, 2006


I haven't been kayaking in a while. It has been just too hot, or too rainy or too something. I have been going to the park 3 times a week giving manatee encounters. There are so many great, caring people out there from all over the world. we just need to reach the people who are unaware, or just don't care about what is happening to our environment. Our Manatees. I am going to also give alligator and hippo encounters. Don't worry, I don't go in the water with them. Although I get to throw watermelon, cantelope and honey dew into the hippos mouth. He begs for it. No feeding the gators. Just a talk about them,
I never knew that hippos are related to whale. That suprised me.

Well today was finally a glorious day. I invited a friend from the park, Joanne (her specialy is rehabing raptors) to kayak with me. She passed the test with flying colors. No problem adapting to my pedal kayak and we got to go way the heck upriver.

There were 2 manatees off my dock this morn. They are feeding deeper now and don't surface for long period of time. I think this is where the newer, higher protien vegetation grows.

The river was a beautiful green/blue and perfectly clear. Great for swimming and that we did. An otter swam right past us while we were in the river, very cool

There was another, younger manatee feeding in the river. I warned the couple of boaters out of its posistion and they all said they would look for the manatee.

We kayaked for 3.5 hours and finally slowly floated home.
I ran into quite a few of kayakers I knew so it was a very social day also.

It felt so good to be back on the river.
talk to you later


At 2:41 PM , Blogger Janet McC said...

I'm an Associated Press reporter working on an article about pedal kayaks. If you'd be up for an interview, please e-mail me at




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