January 12, 2013

1.9.13 Heading S to Butcher’s Bend G109

Sure hate to leave. We really enjoy it here.

Salt River Springs is more peaceful than Silver Springs.  There are a lot of boaters coming and going…mainly fishing boats but the area is much bigger and you can anchor off by yourself. When it is hot there are a lot of pontoon boats near the entrance to the spring head, where the water is shallow and everyone will be swimming and enjoying themselves.

Jim was taking the motor off the dingy and I was stowing gear in the bow when I spotted these Manatees. Guess they were interested in what Jim was doing. The squeaking of the dingy against “Meander” must have attracted them.

Our trip across Lake George was easy……. light breeze and small swells.

We decided to take a side trip up Blue Creek. So glad we did. Look at the size of this one.


That is just his body….his tail is in the water.

Nice white teeth….


We watched him awhile…..then he watched us….

A common sight on the river.


Looks like he’s flying. Getting all the sun he can.


Someone along the creek builds and puts out bird houses.


Our next side trip was up Hontoon Creek.

Today was a good day for spotting gators. This one looks like it has a huge tail, but after looking closer…I think  there might be a second gator. The scoots on it’s tail and the angle, don’t match with the tail in the water….


Handsome guy….or gal…..


We dropped anchor just past Blue Springs, but it was so early in the day we just had lunch and hauled it up and headed to G109 for the night.

A few small showers during the trip but nice weather after that.

At Butcher’s Bend we dropped anchor for the night. A gator cruised us just as it was getting dark…..too dark for pictures.

We’ll be pulling out in the morning. It’s been a good week on the water. We found out we had stuff aboard we wouldn’t need and would need some stuff we didn’t have aboard….isn’t that always the way?

The outboard didn’t run as well as we’d have liked. Our next launch will be on the Harris Chain of Lakes. We can have the motor looked at and look for more gators.

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