Jag har precis bokat in oss söndagen den 5 juni for en kanottur på Hillsborough River, vilket ligger en timma norr om oss i Tampa.
Vi valde en 4-timmars tur (plus lunchstopp i mitten), vilket är en kombination av två turer:
Trip 4 - Sargeant Park to Trout Creek Park
A combination of trips 1 and 2 for four hours of Tampa's best wilderness paddling and wildlife observation. Morris Bridge Park (the midpoint of the trip) makes a great stopping place for lunch, to stretch your legs, or just relax before heading downstream.
4-hour paddling time; 8-1/2 miles
75% shade first 3-1/2 hours; then full sun
Som alltså då är en kombination av de två följande turerna:
Trip 1 - Sargeant Park to Morris Bridge Park
"Look at that alligator!" "Hey, over there's a limpkin!" "Did you say there were 14 turtles on that log?" "We came around this bend in the river and there was a family of wild pigs down at the edge of the river bank!" "I can't believe I saw a river otter!"
These are typical things you might say to yourself and your friends when you're done paddling this trip. Trip 1 is everyone's favorite for its abundance of wildlife. It's the best place to see alligators in the wild. This is the trip we recommend for first time paddlers, birders, and photographers.
2-hour paddling time; 4-1/2 miles
20 to 60 feet wide, canopied by large oaks and cypress;
70% shade alternating sun and shade
Trip 2 - Morris Bridge Park to Trout Creek Park
Feelings of adventure and isolation await under a thick, green canopy as the river twists and turns the first hour and-a-half of this section. Then the river widens out. This section affords an opportunity to see a variety of different species of flora and fauna although not in the quantity that Trip 1 provides. As you pass Nature's Classroom watch out for the "trespassing" vultures.
The winter months will provide you a glimpse of a staggering number of them as migratory vultures join with the year around resident population. You'll definitely want to "look alive" so they don't mistake you for lunch. This wide area of the river is great to view osprey and in low water times (typically May/June) roseatte spoonbills. Exploring Trout Creek near the end of the trip takes you out of the cypress swamp into a hardwood hammock.
2 hour paddling time; 4 miles
80% shade first 1-1/2 hours; then full sun
Ska verkligen bli jättekul!