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Sunday, February 21, 2010


When I saw the title to this post, I thought "Uh Oh"

This was one of our first kayak trips and we found it very challenging even in hard sided kayaks.

Al got out to stretch and evidently a gator was resting on the bank. The gator came flying towards him, I screamed, and Al fell on his butt in the mud! The Gator quickly swam off and we took a deep breath.

After we pulled off, we went through a spot that was flowing quickly and was narrow due to grass. We had to paddle very closely by a large gator who stared right at us as we went by. He was not one bit intimidated by us. The next week someone was killed on that river by a gator. We think it was the one that was staring at us!

Juniper Creek and Ecofina Creek were two of the only trips we planned where we actually went DOWN stream, and they were the two most challenging paddles we ever made! Go Figure! We loved both of them but will NOT go back to either. On Juniper we also finished up the last few miles in the middle of a big lightning storm! We were very glad to get to dry land.

On the main page of my blog, there is a picture of the red water on Juniper. I was able to take lots of pictures (but it was difficult as you found) but haven't posted them to the blog. I will one day.

Glad you survived Juniper Springs Run!

Sorry to hear your experience wasn't the greatest. At least you had nice weather. We've had 4 inches of snow overnight in Wisconsin. Our offer on our house fell through, but we have 3 buyers who are considering making an offer. We sure wish we could get this house sold and head South. By the way, I finally got my blog started. Here's the link if you are interested. http://rvkhroniclesofkevelyn.blogspot.com/

Howard, I admire your patience. I would have lost it when they told me I couldn't use the inflatable.

I kept waiting to hear that they had towed the Jeep! As usual this is commercialized to make money for a concessionaire. They really do not care if you enjoy the experience or not. This will wreck our national parks.

It is unfortunate that some people who interact with the public like to show their petty authority.
Glad you made is safe and sound and I think your long jounral entry is valuable informtion for someone thinking about that trip.

I found your site while looking for Juniper Springs. I just came from there and I agree with your description of the ride. A lot of trees, a lot of ducking, and not very good to navigate with a big canoe. I will be going to a bigger stream or river for my next canoe ride. This one was too much work to actually enjoy!

We've paddled the Juniper Creek as recently as 2006, and you're right, it is a challenge because they are not allowed to do any trimming or clearing. However, I grew up paddling the creek once a year with my family back in the 70's, and the trip was a lot smoother back then. The creek was more open and certainly had fewer, if any, obstacles. Unfortunately, the years of growth have really taken their toll on the trip. Definitely not for the faint-hearted!

You should go back to the campground though. During the week it's a nice, quiet place to stay (the weekends tend to be a bit loud, in our experience.) The springs are beautiful and the swimming is unique. Alexander Springs is a quiet campground too, and the river there is much easier.

Enjoying your daily updates ~ as it rains and hovers around 39 degrees here in Maine! :)

I am so glad you enjoyed your trip to Juniper and I am even more glad you survived the trip. It can be a difficult creek to maneuver but I bet it was all worth the experience.

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