I had not planned to paddle today, but the weather and water were so beautiful I could not resist. Unlike most outings, I did not set a destination-based goal. Instead, I paddled in one direction, waited for a container ship wake to give me all of a minute or so of easy fun, then paddled back and forth just feeling the water's flow in various areas.
One serendipitous result of this aimless pleasure was that I suddenly noticed hundreds of tiny, baby comb jellyfish pulsing and wafting around. I also saw what looked like a baby lion's mane jellyfish several feet down. I confirmed that yes, indeed, the barking sea lions are hauled up onto a bell buoy. Large flotillas of rhinoceros auklets mixed with gulls and guillemots, with several seals slowly cruising through doing their periscope thing.
All in all, a fine day based on absolutely no goal other than getting OUT THERE.
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My kind of day !|
Posted by: JackL on May-12-14 7:18 PM (EST)
thanks for sharing .
I forgot about the river otter!|
Posted by: pikabike on May-12-14 7:32 PM (EST)
Right at the end, I saw a brown sleek thing swimming. Looked almost like a bull kelp except the head was too pointy.
My day too|
Posted by: davbart on May-12-14 9:26 PM (EST)
I had the canoe on the truck and some time, so I headed out to a nearby small lake. When I arrived at the lake the sun hadn't burned off the fog which made for smooth water, and a quiet paddle along the edges of the lake. The woods along the lake were alive with birds, and I saw a beaver as I paddled up to the end of the lake.
Morning fog on a lake|
Posted by: pikabike on May-14-14 1:26 AM (EST)
An ethereal thing to enjoy before the sun burns it off! I swear that sound is more muffled then, too. Glad you too had a fine paddle.
I notice they had quite a bit of snow |
Posted by: g2d on May-12-14 9:39 PM (EST)
today along Colorado's front range.
Isobars By a Whisker|
Posted by: canoeswithduckheads on May-13-14 4:56 PM (EST)
Posted by: pikabike on May-14-14 1:06 AM (EST)
Sea jaunt is for real. I moved out of Colorado more than a year ago.
Posted by: canoeswithduckheads on May-13-14 5:20 PM (EST)
being there, is often so peaceful, simply for that occasional grace one receives, to be out of one's self.
Where is the 'like' button?|
Posted by: string on May-13-14 8:12 PM (EST)
You're lucky to see a manatee!|
Posted by: pikabike on May-14-14 1:08 AM (EST)
It's a treat, and the warm spring water and hot air of FL is the icing on the cake.
Delights on the water|
Posted by: ShaneC on May-14-14 1:25 AM (EST)
Paddling the Crystal River again this last weekend. Long drive but worth the trip... saw a few manatees, hopped out and snorkeled in 3 sisters springs. But the the take away from the trip was the dolphin swimming about 5 ft away from me as I paddled.
Posted by: pikabike on May-14-14 1:32 AM (EST)
Oh, yes, dolphins, Atlantic bottlenose to be specific. They are one thing I really miss about east coast paddling, so playful and very interested in what paddlers are doing.
Some dolphin video|
Posted by: woodonwater on May-17-14 2:08 AM (EST)
Here are some cool videos of encounters we've had. Good examples of lucky timing too. Paddling in Florida rocks.
Correction: moon jellies, not comb jelli|
Posted by: pikabike on May-14-14 1:09 AM (EST)
That's the second time I've used the word comb instead of moon. Guess the fringes make me think of a comb's teeth.
Not so delightful|
Posted by: magooch on May-14-14 9:35 AM (EST)
I thought all the Steller's had gone back to the coast, but I found out yesterday that some of them are still here.