May 11, 2015

St Johns River 5.8.15

I think he has breakfast in mind….102_1672c

making sure we're safe…don’t have to worry about anyone swimming up and coming aboard.


Just cruising by…


After coffee we hauled in the anchor and headed down Blue Creek.

After crossing Lake Dexter I spotted this Osprey…look at the size of the nest.


This one was on the sign at the entrance to De Leon Creek. We are going to have lunch at the Old Sugar Mill in De Leon Springs. It’s not often we can get in here because of depth. That was one reason we decided to skip Salt Springs.


Met at least 4 kayaks….and here comes the tour boat.


As they spotted this one they headed to the opposite shore.


Tied to the dock and headed for the Old Sugar Mill.


The falls is water coming out of the springs.



Inside the mill…


Jim cooking his first pancake.


In 1982 I spent each afternoon here…at that time it wasn’t so commercial and they had Peacocks running around. Heard they got rid of them because they aren’t native. Shame …they were beautiful. I always took a box of raisins for them.

The spring hole is big enough for scuba divers. First time I realized that… I was swimming and all of a sudden they were popping up next to me…


The gator was still there.


This Osprey was just leaving it’s nest.


We left De Leon Springs and had a nice trip down Norris Dead River.

Our anchorage is a small lake off the Norris Dead River.

We anchored here the first night we had the Adventure Craft….late at night we heard a lot of go fast boats running the river. It is a slow speed zone but evidently they didn’t care. We actually expected to find a few boats in the trees the next morning…but didn’t.

This small 5-6 footer cruised us.


We took the dingy for a ride…had 3 huge splashes as we passed by…took that as an indicator we should not be out and about….so headed back to the boat.


It’s very pretty and quiet here. Did have one pontoon boat with a couple of dogs go past. He fished at the far end and then left before dark.


Once back aboard we had supper and then wine on the rear deck…we spotted this guy. Definitely not the 5-6 footer…glad we took the hint.


Started to cool down…still have all windows open but did need a light fleece blanket before morning. I could get used to this weather..

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