Marion County Aquaholics Paddlers Group, Inc.



Paddle Often, Paddle Safely  

Homosassa Springs River Trip 
  The morning was on the cool side but it was expected to warm up some and it did.   As we unloaded our boats I spotted a large brown rabbit sitting in the grass.  I was told that someone had dropped off about three of them and that Captain Kirk now feeds them. 
    We launched from the private ramp at River Sports Kayak on the Homosassa River.  A big thank you to Captain Kirk and Cindy.  This is such a nice carpeted ramp and the setting is so beautiful.  After the launch we turned left and began down the river.  We first came upon a small island.  The island is complete with a boat, lighthouse, tree house and several monkeys that call the island home.  As we continued the water became rather choppy.  As we paddled into the wind it seemed that the landscape at the side of the river changed very little.  The wind was so strong and crisp.  We continued to paddle and eventually came upon a calmer place in the river.  We saw a pirate ship.
    It's always a pleasure to see the birds, flowers, fruit trees, homes and a multitude of beautiful plants each and every paddle.  As we approached the springs area we did get to see some manatee but not as many as I had expected.  The winter has been mild and warm so maybe some of the manatee had left early.
    On our return trip we made a detour and paddled up the Halls River about a half an hour.   We then turned around and returned to the launch at the River Sports and Kayaks.  Most of the eight paddlers decided to get a bite to eat at the Riverside Crab House.  The food was good the conversation was great and I liked the atmosphere.  We even saw a pirate there.
    Thank you Wayne Tyo for TCing another pleasant trip.