No reservations were needed on this day. We just walked in a kayak shack (paddling adventure) ordered what wanted and before you knew it we had a double kayak and a single kayak and we were saddled up with our gear.Along on the trip were my girlfriend, her long time friend Nick and of course my self
We launched out on the river, as well as a trove of other people.I may not have the proper kayaking experience; but that didnt hinder us too much- i was learning pretty fast. The only problem I had at first, was making those sharp turns.
I was seeing the side of Florida I have always wanted to, it was an up close and personnel look at the florida wild life. Weeki Wachee is as unique a river as it’s name, it’s crystal clear waters let you look down on the river as if it were an aquarium. My first thoughts in on this five mile trip were along the lines of pure excitement. the complexion of the landscape had a dominating green coloration, along the shore the trees would hang over. The river had a chill temperament, and was full of vigor.
The tidewater was strong, and we were making good time traversing this river expedition. Some people were edging along and taking their time; not us. Not that we were in a hurry or anything, i’m sure we could have gone faster if we wanted to, i guess some people just had a slower pace than us.
We were keeping an eye out for the optimum spot to stop off and take a short swim. We found an over hanging tree on the edge with a nice little beach so we stopped to check it out. The tide was at full swing, and we had to make it across to get to the tree. When we made it, we used a vine to get us up. As soon as we got up we had to wait for the all the people we passed to pass the tree- nick jumped first. Then I, the water was shallow- but the sand was so soft it cushioned us down. The water was chilling- and cooled us down- but maybe too successfully, we were all shivering.
We got back out in the open water, making our way- and after passing the people who we originally passed before we came up to this spot with the best jumping spot. It was a tree with a makeshift ladder- and beside it were what i assumed to be the locals of the area just chilling- I told nick I would jump but only if he did first. He took the challenge jumped out of his kayak and made his way to the top of the tree. He cannon balled right into the river which meant it was my turn- I was already having second thoughts half way up- the shaky planks were bound to fall at any moment, but i braved it and made a big leap for the deeper side of the river. After the jump i felt exhilarated and boundless.
We hit a residential area of the float, just a long lines of houses along side the river. Guarded by a sea wall and almost all of them had signs that warned of security camera usage- and had a clearly stated message “Keep Out!”. One of the houses even had a diving board over the river.
We were about a half a mile away, and the soreness from paddling started to kick in. when we finally made it to the end and got loaded up, we also witnessed several other tourists flip their kayak trying to get out of the river. The float was worth the price of admission and recommend anyone that is visiting the sunshine state to check it out!(see the link above)