Kayaking Three Sisters Springs

My friend Connie asked me if I wanted to join her on a kayaking adventure to Three Sisters Springs on Sunday along with her BFF Susie from Colorado and Susie’s daughter Mary Scott from California. 

YES!

There’s not a lot better then a day in Florida in October.  The only way to make it better is to spend that day on the water!

YES!

I lost my waterproof camera over a year ago while kayaking the Weeki Wachee.  I was very sad.  I’ve been planning on getting another one and did a bunch of research and picked up a Fujifilm XP70 on Saturday at Target.  I didn’t have much time to read the manual–I had it just long enough to charge up the battery and stick the SD card in.

And here’s some pics!  Very happy with my new little camera!

Mary Scott
This is Mary Scott. Second time kayaking, first time on the Crystal River and has never seen a manatee! So you know what she’s looking for!

The manatees come to the numerous springs for the warm water in the winter.  Most of them are still out in the Gulf but will headed back as soon as the weather starts cooling down.  But there are usually a few hanging out in the local waterways.  

Bridge
Here’s the bridge that we go under to get to the Springs.
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Connie’s our fearless leader and guides us through the barriers that keep the big boats out of the Springs.
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Very cool roots. I seem to take a lot of pictures of roots. And bridges.
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So beautiful!
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Crystal clear water.
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Can see the sandy bottom plus all the little fish.
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Here’s Connie and Susie just chillin’.
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That’s the Three Sisters Springs National Wildlife Refuge. You can see the boardwalk.
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Here’s a group shot of all of us. Yep, that’s my toes!
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We’re headed out of the Springs area when a boat captain points out a manatee! Mary Scott is the first one to catch a glimpse. Incidentally, that guy in the water is from Russia and is filming the manatees for a movie!

There were several boats any many kayaks in the area but not too bad for a Sunday afternoon.  But as soon as someone spots a manatee—-

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Suddenly a crowd!
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Not just one manatee! Mama and baby!
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Makes that new camera so worth it!
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How about that for a spectacular view? Blue has always been my favorite color!

And one last pic just for grins….

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A Sail Canoe!

I want to remind everyone that Saturday is open house at the Three Sisters Springs.  You can catch a shuttle at Kings Bay Plaza on US 19 in Crystal River.  Paula Bateman, my friend from the acoustic meetup group, is performing plus there will be mermaids!  And Saturday will be another beautiful October day in Florida.

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