June 30, 2007

Little Manatee River

We had a great group for the Little Manatee River paddle on June 30th! We couldn’t have picked a better day for a paddle. The temperature on the shaded river was perfect. So was the water temperature! Several people couldn’t resist the clear coolness of the spring-fed stream.

A little side hike on one of the park’s trails provided an opportune photo op. When the weather is this nice, it feels good to hike the sandy bottom of the stream to meet the trail. We have often seen otters along this stream, and Chris and I had our eyes peeled for tracks.

The lilies and orchids were in bloom and several deer started from the banks as we approached. I have said it before and I will say it again, I love this stretch of river!