Kayaking with dad

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A raccoon searching for munchies

I have had my kayak for over 2 years and I never had the chance to take my father out on it. No better place to experience the kayak than at Olita River State Park. So, early in the morning I headed to my parents house to pick up my father and the kayak, which is quite an ordeal. We have to pull it out of the back yard, get the seats and the paddles, and finally get it on top of my roof. From there its the crazy ordeal of fighting with tying it to the roof without it moving around. Finally, when done we passed by the walgreens to pick up a bottle of water.

Once at the Oleta River we dropped the kayak at the regular kayak dropoff which I later realized was just a sceme for the kayak rentals as its not centrally located to explore and be able to go explore in all the good places, as its too far and you get too tired, or you spend a couple of hours kayaking, making them LOTS of money.

Red Crab
Anyway, lucky for us, we had our own and didnt have to rent, but we ended up going in the wrong direction which lead to a dead end :-). But we did see the most life there. It was a small canal on the side of the Oleta River, where we saw a couple of raccoons that were digging along the shore for various shells, crabs, and other little creatures. We even got kind of close to the shore, with my fathers persistance...and the raccoon even came up to the shore into the water and started making wierd noises, which was my que to back up. It was an interesting experience though.

From there we saw a bunch of crabs crawling on the mangrove roots, and various fish swimming in the waters below us. Also, we were very lucky to see a beautiful big iguana that was just gorgeous.

Improvised shot
And he just stoot still hoping that we didnt see him, not moving a muscle. Very beautiful animal.

Finally, out of the mangrove mess, we ended up in the intercoastal where we passed the Oleta Pier where theres bunches of fisherman and pelicans. I believe at that point is when I saw a dolphin jump a couple of times, but my father, though he tried, didnt see it, so I figured that I was just imagining things.

Eventually, we continued around the main island, and into one of the little canals running through it, and found ourselves a tree full of vultures, and a beautiful Great Blue Heron that I insisted on harassing until I finally captured it flying off. Such grace.

Back to the drop off point, we pulled the kayak out, and walked around for a while. We put the kayak on the roof and headed home, not too eager for the cleaning and drying of the kayak.

After untying it, we had to take it off and wash off the seats, lifejackets, and empty out the purge water in the kayak, all in all taking about an hour. Long and painful, but way worth it. We had a great time!

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A raccoon searching for munchies
A raccoon searching for munchies
Red Crab
Red Crab
Improvised shot
Improvised shot
A nice healthy sized iguana loungi…
A nice healthy sized iguana loung…
didnt budge
didnt budge
Only....green...waters ahead :-)
Only....green...waters ahead :-)
Oleta River Pier
Oleta River Pier
My dad getting annoyed with the li…
My dad getting annoyed with the l…
A nearby island
A nearby island
Vultures waiting for a snack
Vultures waiting for a snack
Great Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron
Harassed this poor guy to take pic…
Harassed this poor guy to take pi…
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