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22
Mar

Another Kayak Adventure

Sam and I finally got back out on the river in our kayaks today — after trying for (seemingly) forever, with this trip nixed because of the weather, or that trip ko’ed because one or the other of us was ill, or the other trip bollixed up because of confused phone messages or me muting my phone and forgetting to un-mute it, or check messages.

So we met at Bageland 9-ish for food and coffee with our Friday friends, and then put boats on the roof at Sam’s and headed for the Santa Fe River in High Springs.  Decided to put in the water at Rum Island,

Santa Fe River gator, Spring 2010, with babies

Santa Fe River gator, Spring 2010, with babies

paddle upstream until it seemed time to turn around, and then head back.

A surprising number of people on the river today, mostly because of a 5-kayak group of folks from Michigan, who are here in Florida for a month exploring our waterways in the boats they brought with them from Michigan.

There was another small group of two canoeists, novices in rental boats from Adventure Outpost in High Springs.  They asked us first how far it was to Rum Island, and since we’d just come from there, we could easily say, “15 minutes.”  The second boat, which contained a college students and what looked like her youngish mother or older sister, had questions about low water and running aground — we assured them, not a problem in you stay away from ripples, rocks, and the river’s edges.  I warned them, “Pay no attention to anyone who says you have to toss a virgin into the river to appease the water gods,” to which the young one quickly answered, “We’d be in big trouble, then.”  HA and ha and ha!

So past Rum Island a few hundred yards, turned with all the Michiganders into the Blue Springs run.  There’s a nice big sign there on the wooden walkway that warns boaters that it’s Private Property, which didn’t scare us, or the Michiganders, or the two canoes off.   Sam pointed out, that according to Florida law, all waterways are public — though the wooden walkway belongs to the Blue Springs owners, as does there parking lot and beach, the water is public.  So, it being public, we all enjoyed it.

 

6
Mar

Weather Event II

Reported yesterday that we’re in the midst of a somewhat-surprising winter storm in Waynesville, NC.  Woke up this morning to see the outdoors covered with snow, about an inch or so, and it’s still snowing a bit, as depicted in the photo.

Snowy Morning, Waynesville, NC

Snowy Morning, Waynesville, NC

The prediction is for snow all day, an accumulation of 3-5 inches.  Guess we’ll have to see.  Pam and I plan to walk into town (about 1.5 miles, all on sidewalk) around midday.  I’ll go to a meeting, and she’ll busy herself.

HERE’S AN UPDATE: Well, the snow stopped pretty quickly yesterday (a bit contrary to the weather predicition), the temperature was above freezing all day, and today there’s no snow visible around here — looks just as it did when we arrived on Sunday and during the day on Monday.

We went into Waynesville and a bit beyond — decided to go for a little walk around Lake Junaluska, which is lovely; on the residential side of the lake are the kind of upscale and imaginative houses you’d expect to find around a large, beautiful lake in North Carolina, and on the other side are some businesses (inns and restaurants), some churches, and a small marina.

We’ll drive into Asheville this afternoon — reluctant to set out traveling yesterday, even 35 miles, with the dire predictions of lots more snow and icy roads.  Seems as if there’s no worries in the weather department today — oops, shouldn’t said that!

6
Mar

Weather Event

We’re on a week-long vacation in Waynesville, North Carolina.  We expected that the weather would be 10-15 degrees colder than in Gainesville, FL.  But we’re in the path of a WINTER STORM that has all the tv weather people excited.  Snow is predicted tonight and tomorrow in Waynesville, Asheville, and in the Carolina mountains.

Today was a rainy day, mostly from about 2:30-6:00 P.M.  We got to go out for a walk this morning (after a delicious breakfast) around the golf course on neighborhood roads (we’re staying at the Waynesville Inn, on the Golf and Country Club site); then into town for a meeting for me and a trip to the public library for Pam.  Since it was already raining a bit, we decided to drive on back to the hotel, stopping for lunch along the way.

Waynesville Rain

Waynesville Rain

The forecast is for a low of 27 degrees tonight, and what with all the standing water everywhere, tomorrow morning should be slip-slip-SLIPPERY. We’ll probably stay inside all day, or most of it — good thing we have paper books, books on our Kindles, books on our Kindle apps.  (Yes, I’m reading three different books, which is one too many for me, so I have to decide which to put aside for awhile.)

And that’s the news from really-quite-nice Waynesville, North Carolina, where no doubt all the women are strong, the men good-looking, and the children above average.