"The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in
its net of wonder forever."—Jacques Cousteau

April 19, 2014

April 18 - St. John's River

Morrison Island - Anchorage

“We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.” —Jawaharial Nehru

After Stan had breakfast at the little cafĂ© above the dock, we decided to leave Welaka. We knew it would be a rainy windy day but we were ready to move on. We crossed Lake George before any of the thunderstorms come in. Lake George is the second largest freshwater lake in Florida; it’s a shallow lake 11 miles long by 6 miles wide. Three major springs flow into Lake George on the west side. Salt Springs, Silver Glen Springs and multiple springs that comprise Juniper Creek. Hopefully we will explore a few of these on our way back down the river.

We anchorages in an oxbow in the river, called Morrison Creek, a beautiful spot with only a few homes along the north bank. Morrison Island is home to LOTS of birds. We watched and listened to them all afternoon. We also were entertained by several alligators cruising along the bank of the river...several times they came towards the boat to check us out. They seemed to be keeping a close eye on us. They even came close to Stan's fishing line a few times...that could be why he didn't have any luck catching any fish today. We took the dinghy for a ride around the oxbow before the storms started, there were birds of all kinds where everywhere, such a beautiful place. The thunderstorms finally moved in about six with heavy winds and rain, luckily it didn't last long and our anchor held tight. With the cloud cover and no moon, I think this is the darkest anchorage we've ever been in. When I looked outside there was nothing but darkness and the sounds of birds, frogs and bugs coming from the island.

Crossing Lake George
Our anchorage in Morrison Creek
These two eagles were perched in a tree right by the boat.
Common Moorhens 
 
An American Coot
I've never seen pelicans roosting high in a tree before...maybe they are trying to stay away from the alligators.

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