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Another Adventure on Alligator Lake in Safety Harbor, Florida

Discussion in 'Places to Paddle' started by PattyM, Jun 10, 2012.

  1. PattyM

    PattyM Enthusiastic about Wooden Canoes

    We got back from Ohio with our restored 1917 Old Town Carleton a few weeks ago. It is beautiful and knowing we were planning to take it to the Assembly soon we thought we better get our paddles wet. So, we headed out late yesterday afternoon for our familiar lake: Alligator Lake. We had the whole lake to ourselves as it has been raining every day this week. With 60% chance for rain we decided to go for it as it was sunny and we were ready to take our chances. It turned out perfect with no rain and just quiet and tranquil moments. We went down a waterway that had really grew in to an overgrown jungle. We came upon what we thought was the end with trees and debris across our path. But, Macky said let's see about getting around and through it. So, that was one time and lo and behold it worked. Then up ahead another blocked entry. But, once again we trudged ahead and made it through. But, the third one stopped us as it was a giant tree and there was no way to get around it. So, we turned around and headed back to the open waters of the lake. But, before we got to the lake there is one area with banana trees. One of the trees was huge with a big bunch just hanging out! Actually, we saw the same banana tree last year with bananas and thought of Mike Ormsby coming down to paddle. So, we are still saving them for Mike to get out and cut it down. Maybe he will make it down sometime to play Tarzan. So, coming out to the open waters we headed to the rookery. It is amazing to see so many species of birds and some were fighting. Gosh, cool your jets guys....it's only a canoe; we come in peace! We took a turn to head to a beautiful cove that has a walking trail with lots of native wildflowers and another birding area with a small pond. There is a large dead tree there loaded with all kinds of birds, too. We just missed the Roseate Spoonbills rich in their pink plumage as they got spooked and flew away right in front of us. But, we did enjoy the flowers, the other birds, and decided to take some still shots of the canoe in the evening sunlight. I think the Old Town is going to love being at the Assembly and we are looking forward to seeing everyone again. Til then be safe and take good care.
     
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  2. woodcanoenut

    woodcanoenut 1914 Old Town Charles River

    What a great day for you!
     
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    It sure was! Thank you for your comment. I am posting photos...getting late so will see how many I can do tonight!
     
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    cont. Another Adventure on Alligator Lake in Safety Harbor, Florida

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  8. Jon Bouton

    Jon Bouton Sucker for an Indian Girl

    The second photo of the second set is breathtaking. Thanks for sharing.

    Oh, and the canoe looks great. Looking at all the canoes in "high splendor" going to the assembly is keeping me very modest. I can't wait to see them all. I'll be bringing my "user" condition HW. See you there
     
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    Well, thank you, Jon. It was nice to hear that you liked the photo. My pleasure to share.

    Thank you for the compliments on the canoe as well. It will be at the Assembly. Looking forward to seeing your canoe.

    See you soon,
    PattyM
     
  10. Greg Nolan

    Greg Nolan enthusiast

    Patty –

    Great pictures on a lovely day. What is that in the tree next the bird in the second of your final set of photos?

    Bogs, marshes, and swamps give Deborah and me some of our favorite paddles.

    But you folks way down south seem to have more birds and such in your waters. We would like to paddle down there someday, and maybe see an alligator instead of a moose.

    Look forward to seeing the Carlton at Assembly.

    Greg
     
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    Hello Greg,

    It was a lovely day indeed! Glad you enjoyed the photos. The object next to the bird is actually a giant leaf. It is sitting on a plant called the "Fire Flag or Alligator Flag". The leaves can be up to 8" wide and 2 1/2 ft. long! It grows in swamps and wetlands. There is also another photo of it in the 2nd set, 4th photo. It shows the zig zag stem and the flower which is purple and white. The area we were in was a cove and there was native wildflowers and a pond area with lots of birds. The dead tree in the photo was filled with all kinds of seabirds. Yes, we have lots of birds and we do enjoy them. We feel the same way...it would be nice to see something like a moose. You and Deborah will have to come down to Florida and check out our favorite places to paddle. I think you would enjoy it! We know a few places that have alligators.....so come on down!

    Looking forward to seeing y'all soon at the Assembly!

    Patty
     

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