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John Moran was lucky enough to win the first week of July this year and invited a group of buddies to enjoy it with him. I felt most grateful to be there.
Alan Youngblood, accomplished underwater photographer, arrived later with some cool gear. "OK, I'll be the model", I almost insisted. That's Alan's handywork above starring yours truly.
When it comes to partying, I am a major wimp. (Earplugs are the secret to successful sleep in a bunkroom of a party house/yard.) The flipside is that I get to enjoy the peaceful early mornings while everyone else sleeps... well, almost everyone. Bruce Day was just pushing off his kayak when I got down to the spring the first morning. An early solo paddle up Juniper took me to Ledge Spring (above) in lovely misty light. Ahhh, I really get juiced by places like this. This silky springwater is the fountain of youth in Florida's summer heat. Mmmm.
Blasting down the bumpy-watered rapid (with full camera gear in my kayak) was a thrill... now I'm really awake. My day for dumping will come, but not this day.