Another beautiful, sunny day in dry Florida! Today, I searched for the Panasoffkee Lake, but found the town and then the nearby county park where the Panasoffkee Festival will be held on May 5. At this park is a boat launch and I was told it's the outlet of the Lake which flows into the Withlacoochee River.
I had to push the kayak through some of the areas, but most of it was just deep enought to allow me to free float and paddle. This place was teeming with birds and little fish. When the water got a little deeper, I saw garfish that made it to adulthood. I was wondering when I would see this outlet meet the river, but after I got done and checked the map, I figure I was on the river most of the time. Just when I was wondering whether to go on a little further or turn around, I saw an alligator swimming across the lake. I took a small video of it - it had stopped swimming by the time I got the camera out and turned on but I could see its left eye very clearly through the binoculars. After I changed the setting from video to still picture and looked up, the alligator had left the area and I couldn't figure out where it was. That was enough to convince me to turn around and go back!
I saw many more birds here than at the Everglades in one day! There were storks, herons, vultures, and even an eagle. I know there were other birds but I couldn't identify them for you.
I should sleep good tonight from all the exercise I got today! Tomorrow is a driving day - next stop is De Funiak Springs, west of Tallahassee and north of Grayton Beach.