Creek the First Time
my kayak in May, and made my first paddle on Crane Creek. I
launched at first light from the boat ramps at the Front
Street park, next to the Melbourne Causeway.
the bird rookery and paddled through the marina and
on into the creek.
my way past the large open area with houses along the edge,
I found a couple of still, quiet coves that were completely
secluded and unbelievably beautiful in the morning sunlight.
Shady areas make kayaking
on hot days more comfortable.
A variety of trees and
plants overhang the creek, reflecting in the still water.
I didn't go too far on my
first trip, wanting to build up my paddling muscles without
overdoing it. It was a perfect shake-down cruise.
I didn't have a real manatee
encounter that day, only enticing flashes of tail and little trails
of bubbles. That was ok, though, it had still been one of
the best days of my life and I was totally hooked on kayaking!