Above, a 10 ft alligator welcomes kayakers to the North Myakka Lake.
Below, a conspicuously placed sign warns boaters not to “bother” the alligators. ok no problem I can follow that sign!
Above, the South East shoreline of the Myakka Lake North.
Below, one of the many cranes fishing for breakfast.
Above and Below, a handsome crane lets me get within 20 ft of him before flying off…. one of the advantages of a kayak is that you can slowly and quietly sneak-up on wildlife!
Above, the dreaded “Black Vultures” take a break from eating windshield wipers.
Below, another shot of the beautiful shoreline of Lake Myakka.
Above, a wide variety of waterfowl dot the shoreline of Lake Myakka.
Below, the large “tour air-boat” waits for tourists.
Above, my alligator friend greets me after my paddle around the lake!
Above and below, the lazy “Little Manatee River.”
Above, Shelia (my kayak’s name) takes a break from a lazy day floating down the river.
Below, the air-boats jet by on their way down river, man are those things LOUD!
Above, even though I didn’t see any manatees this time, the sign above proves that they are in the river!
Below, “The Canoe Outpost” bus. If you want to use their services, the info in the below picture will help you contact them!
Below, “The Canoe Outpost” office, complete with everything you need to spend a great day on the “Little Manatee River.”
Above, whenever I think of the circus, I always think of the lion tamer!
Below, the human cannonball truck, what kid doesn’t want to do that?
Below, a bronze statue sits in front of a banyan tree on the grounds of the Ringling Museum of Art.
Above and Below, side and back views of the Ca’d’zan (House of John) next to the ocean. It’s amazing what a sizable fortune John Ringling amassed by selling 10 cent tickets to see lion tamers and bearded women!
The 6 pictures below are from the courtyard of the Art Museum. Non-flash photography is allowed inside of the permanent works of art but with all the people and limited space to take pictures, I couldn’t really have done the art justice so I stuck to taking pictures outdoors!
Below, a small crane posed on a bridge handrail long enough for me to snap his picture while exiting the museum!
Above, my buddy Capt Steve on his fishing boat.
Below, the Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota, Florida as seen from the Bay.
I crossed the Florida State line this morning at about 9:00 AM and stopped at the Florida Welcome Center just South of Valdosta, Georgia. The weather is nice and warm with light clouds! I haven’t driven through Georgia in over a decade and saw the countless signs advertising peaches, pecans, boiled peanuts and to my surprise “Asian Spas”? I don’t remember seeing so many “Spas” years ago? Since I am now in the Bible Belt, I am sure the “Spas” are purely “Therapeutic.” Most of the billboards have interesting names like “Osaka Massage”… “Paradise Massage” etc… complete with a picture of a beautiful “Asian Lady.” I am glad to see Georgians are becoming so health conscious with the addition of these “Heath Spas” maybe I should visit one…. no forget it….. I’d rather go fishing!
Boy I LOVE AMERICA, you could eat a bag of boiled peanuts while getting a foot rub!!!
Above, The recent snow in Central Kentucky covered the wood pile, time to head South!
Above, the enamel pot, Deadwood Stove and chicken curry ingredients.
Below, close up of the ingredients;
Above, the chicken cooking in olive oil.
Below, the enamel pot, with chicken curry prior to going into the Thermal Cooker.
Can’t wait to taste the Chicken Curry tonight!