Thursday, February 13, 2014

A Very Cold January and February So Far at Salt Springs

Our campsite at Salt Springs Recreational Area
We arrived for our 21/2 month stay at Salt Springs Recreation Area on January 3rd this year.  When we first arrived we were lucky and got a couple of really nice 75-80 degree days, but since then the weather pattern has been exceptionally cold and rainy for this area. Whereas last year we were able to wear shorts and tee shirts for most of January and February, this year has been mostly jeans, long sleeved shirts, and sweaters or sweat shirts.  Still, it's so much better than the weather that's been going on in New Jersey.  Today there's a winter storm warning in my home town of Pennsauken, and they're expecting another 8 to possibly as much as 14 inches of snow along with some ice.  This is on top of the 40+ inches they've already gotten this year.  Needless to say, whenever I get grumpy about the weather I just look at what's going on at home, and feel extremely thankful that we're here.  Out of the six weeks that we've been here, we've had about 7 really great days in the 70's-80's, so we were able to get out twice on our new Sea Eagle Kayak.

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!


  1. Been a little cooler here this season too, but warmer than you've had...we just bought a tandem kayak...I'm a little worried about that synchronicity thing too;)).....

  2. Hi Sallie - yeah, just that little difference from where we are and the Fort Myers area has made all the difference this year in the temperatures. That's neat that you're kayaking too. You're in a great area for it.