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Jun 29 2022
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Rio de Flag Trail - AZT #33 - Bow and Arrow, AZ 
Rio de Flag Trail - AZT #33 - Bow and Arrow, AZ
 
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Mtn Biking10.90 Miles 446 AEG
Mtn Biking10.90 Miles   2 Hrs   49 Mns   4.19 mph
446 ft AEG      13 Mns Break
 
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This is a great area to explore on a mountain bike. The Arizona Trail #33 going through here is known to many, but for my skills (or lack thereof) it is often too steep. The Rio de Flag section, and some of the unnamed spurs I followed (see GPS route) were easy and not too techy for me. The Bow and Arrow Trail is very fun, especially heading east on it.

I started at Sam's Club parking lot and within less than 10 minutes I was out of the city and heading down a meadow with the Rio going through it. I had gone here the day before, and decided to come back and explore it further. I briefly dipped a little bit onto the Flagstaff Loop Trail, which is also a bit hard for me. I need to get some bike time, because I used to be a little bit better rider than I am now.

I looped back along the AZT, which I had to get off and walk, both uphill and down, several times. Then I turned left (west) at the big pond with the ducks, and followed the Bow and Arrow Trail to Lonetree Road. I reversed direction, and now the Bow and Arrow Trail, with a slight downhill slant, was a blast! No photos from that one, maybe next time. I was too busy riding fast.

This is not a place I will go on a weekend. I saw a few people, mostly on bikes, but I suspect it's busy on weekends due to its proximity to town. There are still sections I haven't explored yet.
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Mexican Hat, Dalmation Toadflax
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May 30 2022
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Donkey Park to Winona Ranch - Bike, AZ 
Donkey Park to Winona Ranch - Bike, AZ
 
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Road Biking20.10 Miles 551 AEG
Road Biking20.10 Miles   2 Hrs   53 Mns   7.63 mph
551 ft AEG      15 Mns Break
 
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I don't post many of my bike routes, but thought I would today. But then I didn't take any photos. Oh, well, it's all dried up out here in Redneckville. And...the wind came up. The thing about the wind is that while I was pedaling from Doney Park to the freeway it looked as though I was going to have a tailwind on the way back. All I had to do was check out all the Memorial Day flags. But of course, that tailwind didn't happen. The wind changed direction as it became stronger. On the way back, I had a side wind that sometimes swung around to become a headwind. It started up in earnest halfway back. I should have started riding earlier.

I have a notion to begin at the same place and ride over to Winona Ranch and then on over to Marshall Lake. I'd use a different bike, and pull a BOB trailer with camping gear. I'll try to do that when I have the time, and it's not windy. And hell freezes over...
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May 30 2022
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Mars Hill Trail - FUTSFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar May 30 2022
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Hiking2.98 Miles 258 AEG
Hiking2.98 Miles   1 Hour   19 Mns   2.26 mph
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After riding 20 miles on my bike, I then went for a walk on the Urban Trail with my daughter and grandson, who will be 2 in a couple weeks. By the time I got home, I was whacked, and went to bed at 7, and slept for almost 10 hours.

This section of Urban Trail has recently been extended. It crosses Rt. 66 and continues west a short distance, but we did not cross because of traffic. My daughter remarked that she hopes they will devise a safer crossing for pedestrians.

The old stone masonry ranch buildings next to Rt. 66 and the trail are still there, and I hope they will be preserved in some way. There is no indication on any of the available HAZ maps what is the name of that old ranch.

I should have taken photos of the burned area of the Railroad Fire, which was several acres last week, and had everyone in Railroad Springs packing up their valuables. My daughter and her husband spent two hours packing both vehicles, as the area remained on the "Set" status. Thankfully the fire was put out.
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May 29 2022
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Old Caves Crater TrailFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar May 29 2022
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Hiking2.38 Miles 558 AEG
Hiking2.38 Miles   1 Hour   6 Mns   2.23 mph
558 ft AEG      2 Mns Break
 
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A quick afternoon hike. Although I notice my wind is getting a lot better, my right knee started twinging a little, and it still hurts now, as I type this, the following morning. I did not use hiking poles. Maybe I need to go back to using those.

It was very windy and a bit chilly, but clouds were coming in, and as I reached the car, a few drops of rain were splattering about. But that was all we got.
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May 24 2022
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Spencer Trail - Marble CanyonNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar May 24 2022
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Hiking2.58 Miles 968 AEG
Hiking2.58 Miles   2 Hrs   7 Mns   1.31 mph
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I drove a bus full of river trip passengers to Lees Ferry, then parked the bus and hiked part of the Spencer Trail. I didn't hike the whole thing because I didn't have time. I had permission to leave the bus and do the hike, but I am a bit slow these days, take more breaks, and I didn't have time to complete the hike and also get the bus back to Flagstaff at the time I promised my boss. When I got back he said it doesn't really matter, as long as the bus is not needed. So, that's good to know.

The lower half of the trail has been reworked a great deal, with lots of stone steps, wider tread, etc. The upper part is more like what the whole trail used to be--a bit rough, but very hikeable. I hadn't hiked it since 2016.

I could see the boats from my company (AzRA) launch and go downriver.
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May 22 2022
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Freidlein Prairie to Kachina Trail, AZ 
Freidlein Prairie to Kachina Trail, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 22 2022
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Hiking5.96 Miles 867 AEG
Hiking5.96 Miles   3 Hrs   36 Mns   1.71 mph
867 ft AEG      7 Mns Break
 
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I drove my old Honda CR-V (Wanda-the-Honda) as far as I could along Freidlein Prairie Road, FR 522. Got as far as Campsite #12, and had to back downhill a bit, as it becomes more like 4WD for a short section. The CR-V has all-wheel drive, does okay, but is not great. So, had to hike along the road for about a mile before reaching the trail.

I hiked up to the junction with the Kachina Trail, then along it toward the Weatherford Trail until I reached the point I had turned around on my previous hike (coming up from the Weatherford Trail). I then retraced my steps and headed up the Kachina Trail.

The weather was great, and I saw no other hikers or mountain bikers, despite the fact it was a Sunday.

I'm still trying to get back in shape. I felt a lot stronger on this hike than I have for a while.
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May 19 2022
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Weatherford Trail #102Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar May 19 2022
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Hiking4.06 Miles 1,017 AEG
Hiking4.06 Miles   2 Hrs   26 Mns   1.72 mph
1,017 ft AEG      4 Mns Break
 
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In my current state of waddlesome sloth, this was a pretty good hike, with nice even gradient. It's terribly dry out there, and I never see much wildlife. Saw three baby horned lizards and a chipmunk. I found out later the trail is actually closed, due to aftermath of the (not very nearby) Tunnel Fire, which has been completely extinguished. Go figger. So I won't be going back until it reopens after June 20. It is a short drive from where I'm living, and would be convenient. {Edit: it's open!]
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May 16 2022
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Fatmans Loop Trail #25Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
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Hiking2.51 Miles 614 AEG
Hiking2.51 Miles   1 Hour   33 Mns   1.71 mph
614 ft AEG      5 Mns Break
 
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A hike after work. I usually don't hike in the afternoons, but I really need the exercise. I drove to Lees Ferry for my job, and back, and then did this hike.

Lots of banana yuccas blooming. Not too crowded with people. I went clockwise, to get the hot, steep slope over with, and then to enjoy the shady parts going downhill.

One thing I noticed is a continuing proliferation of "social" trails, to the point that many people probably get off the main trail, unless they are familiar with it.
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Banana yuccas.
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May 15 2022
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Old Caves Crater TrailFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar May 15 2022
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Hiking2.55 Miles 582 AEG
Hiking2.55 Miles   1 Hour   43 Mns   1.82 mph
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Just getting started hiking since moving back to Flagstaff. I can see my RV from the summit. I can see the summit from my RV. Wowza! Although it was Sunday, it wasn't crowded at all.
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May 07 2022
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Cardenas Camp to Unkar View & Hilltop House, AZ 
Cardenas Camp to Unkar View & Hilltop House, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 07 2022
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Hiking2.11 Miles 632 AEG
Hiking2.11 Miles   1 Hour   59 Mns   1.21 mph
632 ft AEG      14 Mns Break
 
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On a river trip, starting at Cardenas camp, just upriver from Unkar Rapids, we took a hike to a beautiful overlook of the rapids, and then hiked to Hilltop House. I'd been to this archaeological site before, when backpacking the Escalante Route. It was once somewhat rebuilt by the Park Service, back in the day when they did such work.

As typical for motor raft trips, we then ran a pretty astonishing number of big rapids that day, ending up camping at Hotauta, in the Bass area. It was my first motor trip, and I was amazed we did about 5 days worth of river running in a day. This set us up to stop at Elves Chasm the following day.
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May 06 2022
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Nankoweap GranariesNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar May 06 2022
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Hiking2.00 Miles 692 AEG
Hiking2.00 Miles   1 Hour   29 Mns   1.45 mph
692 ft AEG      6 Mns Break
 
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I was on an 8-day AzRA motor rafting trip this past week, a "perk" of my job. Out in the wilds of Grand Canyon, with 26 other people! :o Thankfully, it was a very nice group. We camped the second night (Cinco de Mayo) at Little Nankoweap, a river camp upstream of the main camp.

The next morning, after loading the boats, most of us hiked to the Nankoweap Granaries from camp, while the boats and non-hikers floated downstream a bit. We stopped to look at more archaeological sites along the way. When we arrived back at the boats, a scrumptious lunch had been prepared for us.

I attempted to do a GPS route, but even in that open area it can't keep a satellite, it just wants to bounce all around, and I had to cut part of it off. So, I rounded up the mileage to 2 miles. I'm not sure what to do with the elevation gain.
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May 05 2022
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Saddle Canyon from the Colorado River, AZ 
Saddle Canyon from the Colorado River, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 05 2022
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Hiking2.12 Miles 1,196 AEG
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This is a hike from a river trip up Saddle Canyon to a waterfall. At that point the canyon boxes up, and ordinary mortals can't go any further.. I'm told that canyoneers rappel down into this area, but that's the less-common way to get to it, (and I guess they aren't ordinary mortals!)

The GPS signal bounced all over. I worked with it a bit, tried to draw in the route, but as usual, I was only successful at drawing a straight line to where we went. On satellite, you can easily see the NPS-constructed trail which goes up and over. This is to bypass the now-impassable section at the bottom of the wash, where a big flashflood occurred just a few years ago, and blocked access via the creek bottom.

This river trip was given to me as a "perk" for working as a bus driver for the company, Arizona Raft Adventures (AzRA). It was my 8th GC river trip, but my first in a motorized raft. It was a wonderful trip. Don't go on a diet right before the trip, as you would miss out on some of the best food you've eaten in years.
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Hedgehog cactus. Monkeyflower (maybe--needs verification)
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May 02 2022
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Nate Avery Trail - Buffalo Park - FUTSFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar May 02 2022
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Hiking2.16 Miles 110 AEG
Hiking2.16 Miles   1 Hour   5 Mns   1.99 mph
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Teaching a 19-month-old boy to walk in a straight line isn't easy! His mom (my daughter) says "Stay on the trail!" but that kid has a mind of his own! There are a LOT of very small cholla cactuses hidden in the grass, and at one point my comb came in handy, when my grandson's shoe picked up a cholla ball, which then ended up in Rose's thigh when she picked him up.

I pushed the stroller while Mom rode herd when he was walking. Part of the time he rode in the stroller. He loves to wave at people and dogs.

How did I ever have the energy for child-rearing? I'm echoing my mother...
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Apr 25 2022
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Needles Ramble, CA 
Needles Ramble, CA
 
Hiking avatar Apr 25 2022
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Hiking3.41 Miles 130 AEG
Hiking3.41 Miles   1 Hour   17 Mns   2.69 mph
130 ft AEG      1 Min Break
 
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It's about time I got out for a walk. Been riding my bike a lot lately. I'm heading for Flag in a few days, and I want to start hiking again.
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Apr 23 2022
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Kaiser Spring CanyonNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 23 2022
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Hiking4.00 Miles 200 AEG
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Took a stroll with a friend and his 4-year-old daughter from the Kaiser Canyon Bridge down to the warm spring pool, and to Burro Creek. We had camped at Burro Creek Campground the night before.

I had never hiked or camped anywhere along 93 before, just had driven the highway. Stupidly, I wore Chacos instead of hiking shoes. I survived. When we reached the pool we sat in it, which felt nice.

At the mouth of Kaiser Canyon where it runs into Burro Creek we met a Girl Troop of BSA Scouts, all young teens. (My 14-year-old granddaughter is in one of these troops, and it's great to see they are starting to become popular.) They had backpacked down and had a camp set up there.

This trip had started in Flagstaff, with gravel bikes loaded on the car, and all our touring kit, plus a seat for the daughter, we drove down to camp along FR 95 on the Mogollon Rim on Thursday night. We had planned a loop ride, starting on FR 95. But that was not to be, due to the weather. (I will post a little hike we did there also, just for the record.) It was cold and windy. I kept saying, "There's snow in the forecast," but my friend was dubious. When we got up on Friday morning it was 38 degrees. We decided to cancel the bike trip, and just do a car camping trip. We did a little hike to Barbershop Spring, then headed downhill in search of warmth and less wind. We finally found it at Burro Creek.
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Isolated brittlebush, ocotillo, orange globemallow.

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Apr 22 2022
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Barbershop Spring via #91, AZ 
Barbershop Spring via #91, AZ
 
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Hiking1.00 Miles 100 AEG
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A short hike on Friday from FR 139 to Barbershop Spring, after a cold night of car camping. My friend had his 4-year-old daughter with him. Originally we had planned a gravel bike tour of three days, but that was not to be due to the cold, windy weather. I guestimated the mileage and elevation gain.

I've backpacked 1/2 of the Cabin Loop (Fred Haught/Houston Bros. FR 300). Would like to do a two-night hike along the other half this summer (Barbershop/U-Bar/Houston Bros.) So, this also served as a bit of a scouting trip. I don't know the Rim very well.
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Something that looks like sweet alyssum.

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I'm not sure how to estimate this because it's so marshy in there. But there is water.
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Jan 31 2022
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Little Picacho Peak Wilderness TrailsInland, CA
Inland, CA
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Mtn Biking9.81 Miles 335 AEG
Mtn Biking9.81 Miles   2 Hrs   15 Mns   5.77 mph
335 ft AEG      33 Mns Break
 
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This was an exploratory bike ride from my walk-in campsite at Squaw Lake. I rode out through one of the big long-term visitor sites, and passed the back road to Ferguson Lake, and a sign that said "Little Picacho Wilderness." It was a very satisfying ride because although these two-tracks see a lot of motorized use, the surface was very hard, not too sandy or gravelly. In fact, it was a pretty blissful ride, since I went mostly uphill from camp all the way until I turned around, and then had a nice easy ride back to camp.

I had not ridden my bike much at all for a month, and was glad I still had some fitness.

My intended stay was a week. I left on Tuesday afternoon, after only two nights, due to the big windstorm coming in. (And it did.) I hope to go back before the cool season is over with.

Squaw Lake is just about my favorite place to camp in western Arizona. Endless opportunities for paddling, hiking and biking. Camping out on the peninsula in the walk-in sites is quiet and private, even when the RV section is crowded. The only exception to this will be big holiday weekends. Anyway, the camp host has 4 wheelbarrows for you to use. You can have a campfire, have your boat right next to your camp, and be very happy.
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Jan 24 2022
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Topock Gorge, AZ 
Topock Gorge, AZ
 
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Kayak14.73 Miles
Kayak14.73 Miles   5 Hrs   11 Mns   3.15 mph
 
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This is a kayak/canoe trip from I-40 to Lake Havasu, down the Topock Gorge. More specifically, we launched at Topock 66 Marina and took out at Castle Rock Bay. See GPS route for location.

On this particular day there were 4 of us. When we got to the boat ramp, I discovered that a hatch cover had flown off my boat on my way. I had recently driven about 5,000 miles with that boat on top of the car, with no problems. But it was my fault--I had not attached it properly. Stay tuned for the rest of the story...

We rigged in the dark and started paddling just before sunrise. We soon reaped the benefits of doing that, because the water was extremely glassy, the light was perfect for photography, and we saw almost no motorboats. I had done this trip 4 or 5 times before, but never so early in the morning. All the shuttling was done after the trip, courtesy of a spouse of one of the paddlers. This also helped us to get going early. All we had to do was park, rig and go.

The river runs kind of slowly through this section because it is being backed up as it runs into Lake Havasu. The notion that it is "just like it was before the river was dammed" is nonsense. Some of the outfitters like to say that, I guess to interest their clients. However, it's very beautiful, especially if you are not dodging speedboats the entire time. Go on a weekday, very early, when it's cold, but on a day when the forecast for the wind is fairly calm. (A late morning breeze of 10 mph or less, from the north, is good.)

We stopped on a sandbar for an early lunch. We saw a few water birds. With such great conditions and good company, we had a nice time, until we got to Castle Rock bay, and I dropped my Nikon into the water. I have since bid on one successfully on eBay, for $65. It is a Nikon Coolpix P530 with a nice zoom lens.

But happily, I found the hatch cover by the side of the Needles Highway, close to where I'm living! (See photo.)
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Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge TrailsCostal, GA
Costal, GA
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Kayak8.09 Miles
Kayak8.09 Miles   3 Hrs   57 Mns   2.20 mph
 
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From my son's home near Jacksonville, Florida, to Okefenokee Swamp in Georgia is only about 35 minutes. I was getting close to the end of my two-month trip to Florida, and finally got a chance to get away from the family activities and go paddling in this famous place. It sure didn't disappoint.

I saw only one alligator, however. It was kind of chilly that day, starting out in the 40's as I recall. I saw some sandhill cranes, egrets and turtles. I met three random groups of paddlers, and all had at least one person with ties to Grand Canyon. Long story. But in a way, not surprising, because it's a premier destination for multiday canoeing and kayaking. There are many platforms to camp on. It's difficult to get the permit nowadays, also, I was told, due to high use. You have to put in for it the minute it opens up on Recreation . gov

Anyway, I'm glad I went, even though I paddled only 8 miles. Enjoy the photos! By the way, in that area, kayakers are respectful but unafraid of gators, similar to how we Arizonans approach rattlesnakes. I was told that especially in winter they are very sluggish, and want nothing to do with you. Keep your distance, and you can take all the photos you want.
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Chassahowitzka River Kayaking, FL 
Chassahowitzka River Kayaking, FL
 
Kayak avatar Nov 15 2021
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Kayak2.14 Miles
Kayak2.14 Miles   2 Hrs   33 Mns   0.86 mph
 
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The "Chaz" River arises from springs, called the Seven Sisters, on the "Nature Coast" of west central Florida. It is popular for viewing manatees and other wildlife. You can kayak, or take a tour.

I had driven to Florida from Arizona with my vintage 16-foot fiberglass sea kayak on the roof of my car. I paddled in every state on the way. After 11 days of travel I landed at my friend Buddy's place near Inverness, quite a ways north of Tampa. He has a rough cabin in his backyard (see photo) where I stayed for almost 2 weeks, before going north to stay at my son's place near Jacksonville.

Buddy is new to kayaking, has an inflatable. He's a native Floridian, and is very proud of his state, and of his genteel Southern drawl. And drawl he does, holding forth for hours while puffing on homegrown.

He took me to the Chassahowitzka River for my first taste of Florida paddling. Nicknamed the "Chaz," it is one of those clearwater rivers that arise from springs. Florida has quite a few of this type of waterway. It's a good habitat for manatees and birds.

We didn't paddle far or fast, but it was all splendidly new to me, a sub-tropical paradise. I saw my first anhinga (that's a bird), and lots of manatees, who will come up and nuzzle your kayak (and tip you over if you're not careful!) This didn't happen to me, but I hear it can happen if one suddenly decides to dive under your boat.
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