Shelley: Hi there.
Crusty old local Fisherman: (Drawls) Hey yuh.
Shelley: I’m waiting for my husband. We’re going kayaking.
Local Fisherman: I can see that. Ever been up the Crystal before?
Shelley: No. This is our first time in this area. Yesterday we went to Honeymoon Island.
Local Fisherman: Is that a fact? Which way you thinking of heading?
Shelley: Hmmm. I’m thinking we should go against the wind and current to start, then float back down.
Local Fisherman: Seems sensible enough.
Shelley: We’re hoping to see manatees.
Local Fisherman: You just might if you paddle in far enough. About a couple of miles should do it.
Shelley: That’s awesome. What else will we come across?
Local Fisherman: (Takes his cap off, scratches his head) Well now, let’s see. Monkeys just over on that island there. And herons. And vultures. You know, the usual Florida birds.
Shelley: Wait. Did you say vultures?
Local Fisherman: Heh! Heh! They’re harmless enough. Unless you get too close.
Shelley: No worries there.
Local Fisherman: And of course there’s plenty of alligators in that river.
Shelley: I thought they’d be spooked by all the boat traffic.
Local Fisherman: No matter to them.
Shelley: Wow. Thanks for sharing that. We’ll paddle away from the shore.
Local Fisherman: Ma’am, gators swim in deep water too.
Shelley: But it’s not like they’re going to try and eat me. Right? Ha! Ha! Ha?
Local Fisherman: Not the little ones. But if one of those 8 footers has a look at you, he just might.
Shelley: Hang on a second. You’re just trying to scare me. That’s not very nice.
Local Fisherman: Dang, you got me. Heh! Heh! Heh! Nah. There’s not enough of you to eat. Why you can’t be more than 90 pounds soaking wet.
Shelley: Whew! Thank God.
Local Fisherman: Can’t say they won’t attack your kayak, though. They love kayaks. Especially pretty little orange and yellow ones.
And some pic’s from the Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park …
Shelley and John