Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Baja and Back - First, South to Florida

First, South to Florida

Monday, January 21, 2008
After, what seemed to us, interminable weeks of waiting, we finally got away, on the coldest day of the year. It was a frosty 17 when we got up. We got to Eufaula after lunch where it was a balmy 55. OK, it was darn chilly as the wind was kicking up white caps on the lake.

We are White Oak Creek CG, a COE facility on Lake Eufaula. The sites are closer together than other COE’s we have been to, but otherwise a fine CG.

Dorothy wanted to check out this CG out for the fall Lazy Daze GTG. It looks like it will work fine.

This was the first use of our new EVDO modem away from home. We had a two bar signal, good enough to listen to Emmylou, Gram Parson’s and other artists on Youtube.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008
We drove 2.5 hours south on rural roads with almost zero traffic to Lake Seminole. We are in another COE CG, East End.

It was partly cloudy all morning and the 20% chance of rain came true shortly after we got here. So much for paddling the yaks today. The temperature is pleasant enough - low 60’s.

We are in site #9. We like sites 26, 28 and especially 24.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008
More of the same. We enjoyed visiting with the Lindstrom’s and missed the Ferguson’s who we found out later were across the lake at Lake Seminole State Park.

Thursday, January 24, 2008
We drove four hours south to Ocala NF, which is an hour east of the city of Ocala. It’s a decent CG, fluffed and buffed. Dan and Rene had already set up camp when we arrived. So we went right to cocktails!

Friday through Sunday
The weather is not co-operating. If it’s sunny, there is too much wind to paddle. If it’s drizzly, we are not up to being wet and cold for hours.
We have cabin fever.

Monday, January 28, 2008
Our day finally came. Warm, full sun and a light breeze. We paddled the river from Alexander Springs to the takeout point, a long seven miles. The first two/three miles were great. Lots of wildlife, all sorts of wading birds and alligators. The wildlife disappeared during the second section of the trip and the shoreline was not as good. Still a great adventure.

Betty and Terry arrived about the time we got in the water and were waiting on us at the CG.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Betty and Terry are south bound for Sarasota. Dan and Rene are going to paddle Juniper Springs and we are taking a lay day - get a punctured tire on the Jeep fixed and do laundry.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008
We drove to Flagler Beach to met Ed and Liz who have an LD and are hosting at Grable Rogers CG. We had a great visit and some yummy chocolate cake Liz made for us. Their campsite has a great view of the Atlantic. On this trip, we will see the Atlantic, Pacific and the gulfs of Mexico and California.

Thursday, January 31, 2008
We drove four hours north to Ochlockonee River SP, which is south of Tallahassee. We like it. Endless kayak trails and little else. We will be back.

The weather continues good.

I will update again in a week or so. Until then.

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