It takes a rainy day for us to have time off to blog….. The winds have been sweet from the ocean this month , carrying a salty flavor and cool breeze to caress the local waterways and creeks. The sun not quite too hot yet, though drinking more water to hydrate is on the menu this month. We are grateful on this side of the ICW ,we always we have a nice breeze on the waters edge to cool off with.
We have noticed a few more bait fish and shrimp popping about. Paddlers return….and once in a while a solitary dried fish waits to be placed back into its watery resting place where the crabs do their janitorial jobs…eating carcasses, keeping the bottom clean and tidy. Every creature has a purpose, and the crabs certainly are a very important cleaner for the waterways bottoms. We salute the crabs this month….so many sizes, colors and personailties! The are wonderful caretakers of the banks, thousands of tini holes along the waters edge , stoically guarding their homes and quickly scurring as soon as a shadow catches them ahead of our kayaks…Blue, orange, white, grey, scarlet….so many colors to entertain us .
Manatees are active now as well. We have a new juvenile we named El (Eleanor Rigby as suggested by one of our facebook friends) .El has been seen all week at the marina basin, along the fuel dock and in the cansl. We guess she is the new born we had last year…she is baout 4 to 5 feet, slender and scarred already. Not as friendly as Molly, but accepting of people watching and taking photos.
A new shipment of stand up paddleboards came in yesterday, and of course I needed to test them out. I had my phones with me in the dry bag- but carelessly forgot my camera. 2 nice size manatees , very slowly swam by the canal wall as I paddled along side…my cell phone was not fast enough to snap a pic each time they surfaced…I think they were more curious about me standing on top of a board looking all funny and strange to them while apparently moving on the waters surface….They stayed at least 6 feet to my side , but we were in sync with eachother for a while…..
I love the paddle boards-great exercise and easier than most think.