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I am not sure how much progress we made, but I'm sure we didn't go more than three miles. In this short trip (only 2.5hrs. round-trip) we saw manatees, 3 alligators, numerous fish & birds, and 1 Game Warden). As we got back to the boat landing, I let the kids play in the crystal clear water while I struggled to load the canoe on top of my Suburban. It was as I loaded the canoe, I saw one of the largest leaches I have ever seen, stuck to the bottom of the canoe (this ended swim time for the kids).
The only thing I can say bad about our adventure is: 1) In the rush to see the manatees, I forgot to apply sunscreen and we all got too much sun; 2) The leaches (This is the outdoors though); and 3) As we were about to leave, I heard people on the bridge screaming (I assumed kids joking around). I then saw them throw some powdery substance into the river (this made me mad & disgusted that someone would pollute such a beautiful place). As we pulled out on the road I could now see these "polluters" were all wearing black & sobbing uncontrollably (they had just dumped someone’s ashes into the river). At seeing this, I was a little more understanding, but still disgusted.
Overall this was a great trip and one I will repeat.
Pull-Up Strap Handle Kit
Touring Kayak Paddles
Paddler's Truck Rack