Today, the weather was supposed to improve with highs in the 70s and the rain gone. Well, the forecasters were wrong. It rained all day. And my cold got worse.
I didn't feel like doing much of anything. Reading or doing computer stuff, made my head pound.
So, we muddled through the day until it was finally time to go to bed.
The day started out cloudy but warmer. It looked like the sun might come out, and we both thought that a little time in the warm sun would do me some good.
Linda got in touch with Bill & Nancy, and we set a 1:00 launch time when the tide was mostly in. She then did her workout.
Bill & Nancy have the SE 370 and the optional two-wheel EZ Cart from InflatableBoats4Less. They wheeled their boat over from the other campground to our site so we could launch together.
We hadn't even gotten our boat out by the time they arrived, but it didn't take us long to get the FastTrack inflated and ready. We launched in the narrow opening in the mangroves behind our rig and were soon on the canal.
With the tide in, we were able to explore the shallower wilderness area to the north of the park. We led the way among the islands and through some tight openings in the mangroves.
Nancy took lots of bird pictures, and we were continually amused by the leaping mullet.
It never did quite as sunny as we hoped, but the warmth was very nice whenever the sun peeked through the clouds.
After beaching for a bathroom break, we took Bill & Nancy back into the lagoons inside the park. They floated by a perched Osprey for a closer look.
That's one of our favorite places to paddle - back in the sheltered, shallow, calm waters where lots of birds hang out. Bill & Nancy took a moment to investigate a shell on the bottom.
After paddling around in there a little while, we headed back out to Tampa Bay, around Panther Point, and back into our canal. It was a pleasant couple of hours of paddling, and it did make me feel a little better.
Nancy also wasn't feeling great, so the two of us refrained from the usual hugs and handshakes and left that up to Bill and Linda. We said our "see ya laters" as they are heading off to Disney for a few days.
We left the boat inflated thinking we might go back out tomorrow. Back inside, I started feeling bad again, so it was time to go get some medication. We were completely out of cold medicine.
Again, I didn't feel like messing with the computer, so I watched basketball the rest of the evening.
Tomorrow, the day is supposed to start foggy, but then it's supposed to be really nice.
I slept well, but I didn't feel any better when I got up. It was certainly the best weather day of the weekend, but my head hurt and I didn't feel like going out in the boat.
We decided to deflate, clean, and pack the boat, and that was about all I was up for.
Linda again did her workout and I, for another day, wasn't up for staring at a computer screen. So, it was another day of watching sports on TV, taking some meds, and getting rest.
By the time the Super Bowl rolled around, I was feeling a little better. I've never been a Denver fan nor a Peyton Manning fan, so I found myself rooting for Seattle. Yeah, that's easy to say when the game is over. :)
It may have been the first Super Bowl I've ever watched where I watched every play, every commercial, and the whole halftime show. Linda looked up from her computer occasionally to watch the commercials. :)
I was surprised to stay awake through the end of the game. But a few minutes later, my Nyquil was kicking in and that was all she wrote for today. :)
Tomorrow, assuming I feel a little better, we'll be moving down to the site of our Boondocking Rally. It's gonna be informative, laid back, and fun, and we still have a few spots left if anyone is interested. :)