|Our campsite at Salt Springs Recreational Area|
We bought the Sea Eagle while we were down here and had it shipped to our campsite. It's a great alternative to the fishing canoe that we previously hauled with us. In December, Bob got a pacemaker/defibrillator because his heart wasn't pumping as hard as it should be (low ejection fraction). Since he acquired the device, he's unable to lift anything heavy, especially over his head, so it looks as if the canoe is no longer an option for us since it weights about 120 pounds. The kayak is perfect at only about 34 pounds and it packs up neatly when we're ready to travel. We love it so far and look forward to taking it out at least a couple of times a week. We need some practice on synchronizing our paddle strokes, but we're getting there.
On our last trip out the manatees were surrounding us, and were so close that I was slightly worried that they'd come up underneath us, but fortunately no such catastrophe occurred. Bob and I floundering around it the water and trying to get back into the kayak is an ugly thought.
We'll be enjoying the beauty of Salt Springs for another month before moving on to Hillsborough River State Park on March 14th. We plan on spending most of our time reading, taking walks, kayaking, and building up Bob's strength with some bike riding. I'm hoping the weather cooperates, but if it doesn't, I'll just look at the weather back home and smile!