Happy New Year!
We are sitting here this morning with the windows open enjoying the sunny skies and warm temperatures. We even kept the windows open overnight. It’s a far cry from a week ago when we ran the furnace almost nonstop!
We finally got the kayaks out yesterday. The Hillsborough River is only a few miles from our campground. We put them in at Frank Sargeants park, which off of Hwy 301. There are several parks with kayak and boat launch areas nearby. We chose this one because it is close to Flint Creek, which normally has lots of gators.
I know some of you think it’s dangerous kayaking with gators, but Florida rivers are full of gators and if you’re not comfortable being in the water with them, then you’d better stay out of the rivers.
There are very, very few problems with gators. The main reason people or pets (mostly dogs) run into a problem with a gator, is because people feed them. Once they get used to being fed by humans, they lose their natural fear of man and that’s where the problems start.
The gators we encounter are wild gators and for the most part, they get out of your way.
You also have to remember I have “stalker” zoom on my camera, so I don’t really need to get close to them at all.
We got in the water about 11am and paddled a short distance down a little canal to the main part of the river.
The last time we were here, we saw lots of gators, but we didn’t see many this trip. Normally they like to sun along the banks or on a downed tree.
Notice the gator beside Al?
Lots of Cormorants.
I thought the reflection from the water was interesting here.
We got back home about 5pm, took a walk and read awhile before starting our big New Years Eve “celebration.” Our celebration consisted of a steak and lobster dinner cooked on the Nuwave oven.
Before we went to bed, we started noticing a bad odor inside the motor home. We finally decided it was because our gray tank was almost full. Al had not hooked up the sewer hose since we’d been here , and we kind of forgot about it. It was quite late by the time we figured out the problem was a full gray tank and Al was in no mood to hook up last night, so we toughed it out overnight. It seemed to help once I closed the overhead vent and opened the windows. It was okay in the bedroom, but strong in the kitchen. First thing this morning, Al hooked up the sewer hose and it appears that was the problem. Lesson learned!
We’ve been learning a few lessons on this trip. I guess that was the latest one!
We plan to do something fun today, but haven’t decided exactly what just yet. It’s going to be another warm sunny day, so it’s going to be something outside! Stay tuned!