Gum Slough Kayak Trip

Nice little day trip off the Withlacoochee River near Inverness. Lots of recent downed trees midway. Lower portion nice, shady cypress swamp. Upper portion more open, nice trees, flowers, etc. I saw five Swallow-Tailed Kites lazily chasing each other. Took a swim in the head spring. There are actually several springs along the upper creek, big blue holes underwater. Incredibly I met an airboat coming downstream. He just “blew” himself over the downfalls. Otherwise I did not see anyone else except a big gator who “growled” at me. That got the adrenaline going! [Gallery]