On Tuesday afternoon, a gang of five and one-half couples loaded into three cars and drove to Manatee Park in North Fort Myers. We are agile and daring and indeed we will kayak.
|We donned the life vests and took our 8 second kayaking lesson. |
This should be interesting... Whistles are attached to each life vest -- uh oh.
Nancy, Mary and Ken listen intently to the teacher.
So off we go... one by one... then two by two.
|Linda goes first through the rust colored water of the mangrove to Orange River.|
|Wayne. This scene makes me think of the movie, Deliverance|
|I put my camera in a Ziploc plastic bag. Much time is spent zipping and unzipping.|
The eerie brown water of the mangrove opens into the river within 100 yards or so. Park staff say large numbers of manatee are being sighted today.
|Linda is solo in the yellow kayak. Charlie and Joyce in the blue one.|
Fran and Mary on the far right.
|Joyce and Charlie|
|Ken and Nancy. |
Ken thinks he's in Olympic competition -- and that he won.
|Mark and Janie|
For the longest time, Wayne didn't encounter a single manatee. A huge one slipped gracefully beneath my kayak and I almost squealed aloud to be so close.
|The Wayner finally got his fill of manatee sightings too.|
The kayak outing was just an hour and was a nice experience. The time was long enough to get the hang of simple kayaking maneuvers but not long enough to cause soreness in those rarely used shoulder and back muscles.
Then... back at the campground...
|Fran and Mary (and Zoey who didn't want to be photographed)|
The photo below has nothing to do with RV'ing or kayaking but has everything to do with lifestyle of southwest Florida. The large purple contraption with giant tires is a swamp buggy. Today it's doubling as a lift and will allow campground workers to trim palm fronds. Necessity. The mother of invention!