Homosassa Springs Halls River Manatee Paddle

Homosassa Springs Halls River Manatee Paddle

December 4th 2010

Waking up to 28 degree temperatures in Central Florida does not happen often….but it sure was happening this weekend! Josh loaded the frost covered kayaks before dawn as I mentally checked and double checked that I told everyone what to bring to stay dry and warm. As Josh from Good Time Kayaking and I drove further north the sun began coming up and the frost slowly started to fade away.

Halls River in morning mist

When we arrive to Nature’s Resort Campground, where we were to launch from, the river was covered in a mysterious fog. It was so beautiful and cold….

Unloading the kayaks and setting up for our group helped warm us up and soon the misty morning was being burned away by the bright shining sun. We covered how to behave safely around the manatees, (which we were sure to see with all these cold temperatures!) and handed out some wonderful information filled items donated by Save the Manatee.org.

Kayaking is great fun for all ages

Everyone soon climbed into their waterproof clothing and into the kayaks!

Boaters are greatest risk to manatees

After about a 15 minute paddle we arrived to the springs where the manatees gather for protection from the cold and we were pleased to hear there were over 50 there!

Manatee Patrol

These gentle giants often peeked up at us, some as large as a small car. One playfully enjoyed nudging Debbie’s kayak around, playing with her. Others rolled and swam around us giving us wonderful views! There were many young and other mating pairs. So many of the manatees had scars from boat propellers on their backs, even the young ones.

Manattee swimming along kayak

 Others backs were covered with crustaceans proving they had spent a substantial amount of time in the salt water. These amazing and completely harmless creatures were a joy to be around but it was time to head back to the marina for lunch, and then for a paddle up the Halls River. There were many other animals that stay in the warm spring fed waters. We spotted many turtles and birds on our way back!

Ahinga on the Homosassa River

After a picnic lunch on shore we paddled up the Halls River looking out for other critters that were out getting some warmth from the sun. There were not many critters out, but we had a very relaxing paddle and soon we were paddling against with wind (as it always seems to happen when we go there) to get back to the marina.

It was a fantastic day spent with wonderful people and God’s most precious creatures. It is a day that will remain one of my best lived!

For more photos from our event visit: http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=338056&id=123289366981

To book this trip – or find out more about us visit: Http://www.notaclueadventures.com

About notacluegal

Jeanene was born in Pittsburgh, PA. As a young child her family was very active in the outdoors. Things changed when her parents decided to travel down different paths in life and with that decision so went many of the opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. Being lucky to live in the suburbs Jeanene always had a backyard to play in and loved being outdoors. As the years passed she took every opportunity to be outdoors. She bought land in Tennessee and as a single mom moved her young daughter to the mountains. The were many life lessons learned on that mountain. There was no plumbing on the property – or even a house, but that did not stop her. She learned to live off of what was available and built her own cabin from the trees on her property. Those were rough years but the most rewarding. Now Jeanene resides in Tampa, Fl. and works as an office manager full time….but still yeans to be outdoors. Jeanene started “Not a Clue Adventures” to teach everyone she could how wonderful the outdoors are! That camping and fishing and hiking can be done by everyone and at many different levels. Single mom’s no longer have to be afraid to take their sons and daughters outdoors. By working with young couples, single parents and even seniors, she gets to teach others about her love for the outdoors and hopes to open their eyes to new adventures. In 2009, Jeanene completed certification as a Leave No Trace Instructor. She also works closely with the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF), Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission (FWC) and the Florida State Parks. Jeanene is also certified in First Aid/Adult CPR.
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