When we left Murphy’s Creek, it was in a little fog. It had cooled down a bit overnight. Visibility wasn’t bad, but we had our running lights on. You can just see A Dollar More’s port side red light. On the starboard side (R) it is green. If you can see both red and green you know the boat is heading straight at you. There is a white light on top…if all you see is a white light and no green or red…then the boat is going away from you.
Some river pictures. This is near Seven Sisters.
The fog must have something to do with the red tint around the sunlight and reflection. I took several pictures and it is the same in each one.
This is looking up the entrance to the Barge Canal. I think it was started in the 1930’s, then stopped, then started again, stopped, etc. Environmental issues, they say. It would have connected the Gulf of Mexico with the east coast.
We made it to Welaka, FL for a sausage gravy and biscuit breakfast, then continued on to Silver Glenn Springs. Lake George was pretty calm but not flat.
This Pelican followed us all the way to the Springs. It would circle around in front of us ….land next to us and watch us go by….a few minutes later it would be back. Several times it checked out A Dollar More. Like I said…we look like a fishing boat.
It was pretty shallow going into the Springs. A Dollar More was in the lead and we could see bottom being disturbed every now and then.
The lake near the entrance was full of fishing boats. Don’t know if there was a contest or not, but several had been flying at a high rate of speed all morning. Larry saw one flying along…..come to an abrupt stop….toss out a line and pull in a big fish. Must have a high dollar fish finder to be able to do that.
I was on deck as we idled into the Springs. Jim gave a shout..”Raccoon”…it was washing something.
We passed a couple of men bow fishing. It is popular in the clear waters of the Springs.
This is looking back at the entrance. We came in on the L side of the island. You can still see the 2 men with the bows.
A Dollar More working her way into the anchorage area. There were a few boats already here, but not as many as we had expected on a Saturday.
There is a channel that runs around the outside. You anchor or beach in the center. There is a sandbar that runs down the R side, inside the markers, that only had a foot or so of water over it. That is where Jim and I were aground when we were here last. This time we put out a stern anchor so we couldn’t swing into the shallow water.
During the summer weekends, this is so packed with boats that you could literally walk from one deck to another. It is one big raft up.
This Bald Eagle watched everyone coming and going. I don’t think I’ve ever come in here and not seen at least one pair.
Once anchored, we went to work scrubbing all the salt off the boats. Mops, sponges, scrubbies and buckets. Larry is working on A Dollar More. Jim and I gave Slow Motion a good scrub and rinse. Jim worked from the dingy, I got in the water for a swim and walked around the boat getting what Jim couldn’t. Sure beats climbing up and down a ladder in the yard.
Slow Motion after her bath…
and A Dollar More…
After the clean up, we cruised over to see if they wanted to take a dingy cruise. Diane was still napping so Larry followed along in his dingy.
We stopped and visited with a few of the other boaters. One couple had a dog who liked to sit in their dingy.
After our visit, we journeyed on down towards the entrance to the Springs and headed into a side creek. This Anhinga was in the tree tops.
The Anhinga is sometimes called the “snake bird”. When it is in the water, all you see is it’s neck and head.
and one drying it’s wings…
Here’s Larry on his way back out.
Captain Jim trying to figure out just what I am doing staring at him thru the camera…he didn’t dare move….thought I was photographing something over his shoulder. I can be sneaky at times.
No…..it’s not snow on the bushes….this is a favorite roosting place for Cormorants and Anhingas….the bushes are white with bird droppings.
I believe these are North American Coots. There are thousands of them in the area, up and down the river.
These were standing on a submerged log, preening themselves.
It started cooling off so we headed back to the boats, out of the wind. After supper we read for awhile then went to bed.
This is one of our favorite places to hang out.
It was a nice quiet evening…….then the sun went down and the bow fishers came out. They have big spot lights with a generator to run them. It lights up the Springs.