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There were nesting ospreys, alligator gar, kingfishers, herrons, and turtles with an interesting cave in the bank.
It was a typical summer day, very hot and humid with the heat index over 100 and the temps in the high 90's. I wore appropriate protection such as a hat, bandanna (to cover my neck), sunglasses, pfd, water, snacks, and long sleeve shirt that I kept wet. There should have been some sunblock for my face on the list so I did get a little burned on my face. I also used a kayak skirt to keep the sun off of my legs.
Since I was paddling alone I carried a phone, a mirror, weather/marine radio and filed a float plan with my wife and let her know when I would be home and I called her at lunch.
The trip got started at about 7:45 am and ended around 4 pm. Trip length was about 18 miles with another mile or so of side trips. There was a summer lightening and rain storm that blew in and I pulled underneath one of the numerous boat docks along the shore to wait it out. I also carry a rain tarp to throw over me if I need to pull to the shore in case of a storm.
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