Several days ago we spent the weekend with my immediate family at Silver Springs State Park where 550 Million gallons of water per day come out of the spring formation! Although it rained most of the weekend except for several hours each morning, we took advantage of the few hours of clear skies we had.
On the sunny Saturday morning we decided to go canoeing. Heidi and I headed to the entrance of the park on bikes to rent two canoes for us, my mom, brother, and nephew. At the front office we picked up the keys for the two canoes from the park ranger, but what I didn’t think about when we left was amount of equipment required for the canoes. Somehow we managed to carry 6 pfds, 4 paddles and a few seat pads on two bikes for the half mile for so back to our campsites!
The canoe launch was 1.2 miles down a hiking trail and getting my bother-in-law’s huge canoe to the water proved to be challenging. We came up with a solution that worked great – using two bicycles and four people. One bicycle supporting each the front and back of the canoe, one person stabilizing each side, another in the front steering, and a fourth holding the back.
When we finally got on the river we saw all types of wildlife and tried to capture its beauty in the pictures below. We spent four leisurely hours paddling, splashing, and spotting wildlife. Despite the rainy weekend we ended up having a wonderful time.